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My Lovely Sandbag Bunker Condo
On the South China Sea
country as flag
Oh that Sandbag bunker Condo
On the South China Sea
Where every day I blow a kiss
To my baby across that heartbreak sea from me
May it remain forever in its bliss
Its good times in the worst of times memory remiss
That lovely-awful-horrid to this day haunts me
In daily memory torments me desperately

Doing my best impersonation of Rambo
In my lovely Sandbag bunker Condo
Oh, lonely me
On the South China Sea
Its sandbag roof repels pesky grenades right handily
Raining down like the monsoon rain
Bringing their own kind of eternal pain
With their sweet-and-sour sing-song
Those friendly Vietcong
Who would never ever do you no wrong?

Watching azure blue waves going in and out
Makes me wish to this day I too could go out
To escape the bullet with my name on it
Outside the wire just hangin' about
It don't mean nuthin', that ol' metal shard
Waiting on the other side of a solemn desert spread
To the jungle beyond the graveyard
Where eternal shadows embed
Wait to deliver my fate
This cannon fodder GI just so much bait.

I laugh and I cry when I think of LZ Betty
Fondly of its dinky dau life so gritty
Where I laughed ... and I wait
For intemperate spirits irate
That wish me harm
Every fiber of being sounding the alarm
The primal scream
My death a bad dream
Over and over and over
Till its over...
By Gary Jacobson
Copyright 2011
Listed November 10, 2011

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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