Joseph Rodrigues Jr.
Red Dawn In Nam - Poem by Joseph Rodrigues Jr.
I hear them say that I am going home,
But a terrible price I've paid.
Out of the ether, disembodied and discontent,
No doubt what I have become:
I look down dead leaves and dead grass:
I am aghast!
Blood drops like sapphires from the body next to mine:
Eternity drips away inch by inch inside me--
If I could slide into deep sleep,
I could see God and ask him why!
There is an end to things--but no here:
A cross on the back is like a sword in the heart--
My body has no history except for it's scars,
I am emptied, ready to go,
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