the other side

You can’t peruse YouTube  without tripping over one of the countless videos of surprise reunions of returning men and women from recent tours of duty.  Of course they are moving, especially the ones where kids welcome mommy or daddy home.

But what about the people who will never get a reunion?  And what do their kids feel like?  We never see and videos about that do we?  What about the families ripped apart because a son or daughter is not coming home. We just send young men and women to die on foreign soil so companies like Halliburton can make billions “democratizing” these nations.  So we never get to see the man or woman, father, mother, husband, wife left alone because their son,daughter or spouse is not coming home.  Do we just say “I’m sorry” and hope it all goes away? Where is their joy going to come from?

It’s the morning
Soon, he’ll rise
Finds the glasses for his eyes
Aren’t what they used to be
Picks up the clothes
He’s worn so long
On the bureau sits
The picture of a lady
And the mural of a man
Whose been gone for many years

Listening to the children play
Reminds him of the days
Many years ago
Thoughts of a child
That he helped grow
And memory of a letter
Saying, dear Sir
We regret to inform you
Your son will not be coming home

Old man, tell me are there fears
Do you measure life in years
Or is one day all you’ll ever know

The old man walks in Echo Park
From bench to bench he moves
From morning til dark
For the ducks
Some bread he brings
Wonder if he’ll feed them
This time next spring


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One response to “the other side

  1. The media knows the other side and has blasted these useless wars and how the Bush administration never learned from the mistakes of Nam. Why should of he for he was sheltered and was hidden from serving in that nightmare by daddy. What I don’t understand is McCain having been a POW was yet so determined to carry on with Iraq. Thank God, he lost in 2004.

    It was like he desperately wanting these soldiers of today to go exactly what he went through. Insanity at its finest. He is still suffering PTSD but in a even more disturbing way. Wanting to win from something that had already been lost and thankfully over with. I mean 13 years and over 58,237 KIAs not counting the thousands who died later from the exposure of agent orange years later. I know because I lost friends (one very close) do to the long lasting affects.

    So I applaud President Obama for ending Iraq like he said he would and soon Afghanistan. I guess sadly unlike the Nam soldiers and how they were treated when they returned one thing has been learned. Pay them their homage and showing these reunions is about all they can do to make that right.

    But I agree you something else does needs to be done with the families of those who weren’t spared. I believe in time as long as its not long time.

    There was two videos up on this song both from Nam, stories from home now altered but this one still up. I never can watch without tears flooding down my face. But during my own blogs conclude with the same as my homage. Yes we will remember you.

    Good post with one response, Never forgotten.

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