poet Donald Bruce Dawe

Donald Bruce Dawe

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Homecoming

All day, day after day, they’re bringing them home,
they’re picking them up, those they can find, and bringing them home,
they’re bringing them in, piled on the hulls of Grants, in trucks, in convoys,
they’re zipping them up in green plastic bags,
they’re tagging them now in Saigon, in the mortuary coolness
they’re giving them names, they’re rolling them out of
the deep-freeze lockers — on the tarmac at Tan Son Nhut
the noble jets are whining like hounds,
they are bringing them home
– curly heads, kinky-hairs, crew-cuts, balding non-coms
– they’re high, now, high and higher, over the land, the steaming chow mein,
their shadows are tracing the blue curve of the Pacific
with sorrowful quick fingers, heading south, heading east,
home, home, home — and the coasts swing upward, the old ridiculous curvatures
of earth, the knuckled hills, the mangrove-swamps, the desert emptiness…
in their sterile housing they tilt towards these like skiers
– taxiing in, on the long runways, the howl of their homecoming rises
surrounding them like their last moments (the mash, the splendour)
then fading at length as they move
on to small towns where dogs in the frozen sunset
raise muzzles in mute salute,
and on to cities in whose wide web of suburbs
telegrams tremble like leaves from a wintering tree
and the spider grief swings in his bitter geometry
– they’re bringing them home, now, too late, too early.

Poem Submitted: Monday, May 28, 2012

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (11/10/2020 10:41:00 PM)

    on the long runways, the howl of their homecoming rises
    surrounding them like their last moments.......//// homecoming hearts always feel happy, then their tears are the tears of happiness, their screaming is the scream of the getting back the smell of birth-land, their every nerve then feels the delightful rapture of paradise; greatly written this poem; enjoy to read

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  • Khairul AhsanKhairul Ahsan (11/10/2020 10:31:00 PM)

    'telegrams tremble like leaves from a wintering tree
    and the spider grief swings in his bitter geometry' - good as verses, but what is this poem about? Is it about bring home the bodies of the American soldiers who died in the 'Vietnam War'?
    Congratulations on your poem's selection as the 'Modern Poem of the Day'!

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  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (11/10/2020 6:25:00 PM)

    This grave poem deserved somber honor instead of the empty-headed, empty-hearted, soulless, disgusting remarks that PH allows to flood a once honorable site for lovers of literature to congregate and exchange ideas and ideals.

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  • Deluke Muwanigwa (11/10/2020 3:00:00 AM)

    Powerful poem of sadness. Truman should have been charged with treason for lying. Then Bush, Blair and cohorts. We let them off easy thats why wars dont end.

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  • Donald Bruce Dawe (9/3/2020 8:35:00 PM)

    This poem is sponsored by raid shadow legends

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  • You suck (9/3/2020 8:26:00 PM)

    Balls

    Skekkdddodkdkssksksskskkkosksks

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  • Slutty (8/30/2020 8:56:00 PM)

    You curry muncher

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  • Ma d ick stink (8/30/2020 8:47:00 PM)

    Can I get a couple kids in my basement it is empty from last nights raid

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  • Icebankmiceelf (6/9/2020 12:10:00 AM)

    Me coming home:
    I have come

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  • Icebankmiceelf (6/9/2020 12:06:00 AM)

    I have come

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  • Jotaro Kujo (6/3/2020 6:39:00 PM)

    So it’s the same stand as star platinum.

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  • nick gurr (5/26/2020 9:05:00 PM)

    yo my balls are looking kinda brown idk what to do someone help

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (5/24/2020 12:13:00 PM)

    hey’re picking them up, those they can find, and bringing them home,
    they’re bringing them in, piled on the hulls of Grants, in trucks, in convoys,
    they’re zipping them up in green plastic bags, in the mortuary coolness... very much thought provoking. tony

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    nick gurr(5/26/2020 9:05:00 PM)

    my balls itchy rn can u help?

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (5/24/2020 3:09:00 AM)

    home, home, home — and the coasts swing
    upward, the old ridiculous curvatures
    of earth, the knuckled hills, the mangrove-
    swamps, the desert emptiness…....beautifully written the homesick feelings....

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  • asdeqw (5/20/2020 9:24:00 PM)

    wqewerwerwerertrwqweqweqeqwe

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  • Gabe itches (4/2/2020 5:38:00 PM)

    Suck your mum, straight out

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  • big black men (3/26/2020 8:38:00 PM)

    yo anyone from ACBC comment like a real champ

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  • Moe Lester (3/22/2020 5:15:00 AM)

    Give me a call: 0798743534

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  • cun t (3/22/2020 5:12:00 AM)

    fa g b itch, what the f u ck is s ex?

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