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Father's Day in a Foxholecountry as flag
Father's Day in a Foxhole
Came to those dealing with war's bloody rigmarole
Father's so far from home. Too far from home
Away from son's and daughters
Bivouacking with brothers
Brother's hoping someday to be fathers
If the fates will another day let them live
Hoping they do not life here have to give
Lost in a dinky dau world of anger
Where ill willed hatred's march fraught with danger.

Soldier's cannot think too much of home, not now
With rancor festering in times dinky dau
You can't afford to think the thought
The evil devil of war wrought
Cause "It don't mean nuthin'"
Where you've been. What you've seen of sin
Family brings only a glimmer of a smile
To a grunt air-mobile
With too many fears on his mind
Evading thoughts that killing bind.

Shuffle fatherhood thoughts deeper in his backpack
With other thoughts of death and dying rack
Brothers who died in virulent attack.
Tripped booby traps or bought the bullet. Not now!
Not where even heroes cow
Where sweat runs down a furrowed brow
Where dusky demons preoccupied with your dying prowl
While the winds of war yet bellow
Where you see more than you can bear to see
Not now! Not this sad-sack warrior draftee...

Father's Day in the Nam is but a passing thought
One which cannot linger a lot
Not while I'm your Uncle Sam's employee
Cause you have to be alert, tawny marauders to see
You can't think of a wife and children, don't you agree
Till back in the world as a dischargee?
Then my mind will try to escape
The haunting demon's eradicate
To find love again with my family to share
To find peace, far from the sound of guns I bear.
By Gary Jacobson
Copyright 2010
Listed June 20, 2010

About Author... In 1966-67, Gary Jacobson served with B Co 2nd/7th 1st Air Cavalry in Vietnam as a combat infantryman and is the recipient of the Purple Heart.

Gary, who resides in Idaho writes stories he hopes are never forgotten, perhaps compelled by a Vietnamese legend that says, "All poets are full of silver threads that rise inside them as the moon grows large." So Gary says he writes because "It is that these silver threads are words poking at me � I must let them out. I must! I write for my brothers who cannot bear to talk of what they've seen and to educate those who haven't the foggiest idea about the effect that the horrors of war have on boys-next-door."

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