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Fighting Holecountry as flag
Pick a spot and sit awhile, at this man's fighting hole
Where normalcy among abnormal conditions cleanse the soul.
Rest your weary bones in mind and spirit
Even get a shower in a helmet
S--- and shave without being shot at
Cheered on from afar by the corporeal fat-cat
Back in Washington overseeing this primordial spat
This little "police action" gambit
Washington's pawns, uh, er, soldiers dug in midst the jungle armpit
Where you can clean your rifle while you dream of home
Eat C-rations, sleep, stare into the jungle, write letters home
Think of your girl, your car, what you'll do when you again roam
Take that big silver bird to the land of the great PX back home.
Whether dug in a new hole on patrol over night
Or in a sandbag hooch at LZ's perimeter, stage right
Jungle society revolves around words from "the world"
Very morale depends on home news in letters unfurled.
Fancy this foxhole buddies foursome
Just hanging out beside their sticks and mud dome
Where it makes it so easy to zip me up and ship me home!
By Gary Jacobson
Copyright 2002
Listed July 15, 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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