Herbert Nehrlich

Rookie (04 October 1943 / Germany)

Exsanguination - Poem by Herbert Nehrlich

America, my promised land,
I see you in a puddle
of blood, you do not understand,
your people sit and huddle.

You turn a blinded eye to all
no matter that they cry.
Another soldier takes the fall
a patriotic guy!

His mother gets an interview,
perhaps some notes in green,
so, Uncle Sam, what's it to you,
are you that cold and mean?

So generous your people are
no equal on this earth,
they worry and they travel far,
meanwhile, another birth

brings joy to all the family
but years will not erase
your strange obsession to be free
as the new Master Race.

I love you all, Americans
and pray to keep you well.
I'd rather you be Larrikins
than send your boys to Hell.

Comments about Exsanguination by Herbert Nehrlich

  • (10/27/2005 10:28:00 AM)

    My brother was there but he is back home...he was one of the first...It is a sad sad shame. (Report) Reply

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  • (10/27/2005 5:33:00 AM)

    Very thoughtful poem Herbert. I feel so bad for anyone who has their son (or daughter) sent there. They must feel very torn between 'supporting their child's duty' and knowing we shouldn't be there. Nicely written. Sincerely, Mary (Report) Reply

  • Cj Heck (10/27/2005 5:32:00 AM)

    Very well written, Herbert. Interesting thoughts that tell me at least you don't hate Americans, which is comforting. I wish we could bring the boys home, too... I have a son-in-law leaving for Iraq on November 3. All I can do is pray and it's so damn frustrating.
    Again, very well written poem.
    Warmest regards,
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  • (10/27/2005 5:03:00 AM)

    I agree wholeheartedly! 2000 todate...how many more boys must be killed. They should get out now. The reaper has endless fields to till. Good poem. Tai 9 from me. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, October 27, 2005

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