MARINE'S LAMENT

Your eyes have not seen what my eyes have seen!
But perhaps in a nightmare deep in your dreams
the sights, the sounds of a raging war
brings the reality of death to your front door.

Your heart has not felt as my heart has felt!
When beside a dying Marine I have knelt
with his hopes fading as life slips away;
never to see the light of the coming day.

You have not known fear as I have known fear!
When the Shadow of Death gathered so near
as the magnificent enemy came in human waves;
hell bent on destruction with their souls ablaze.

You have not crawled as I have crawled!
Over blood soaked soil where life has dissolved;
where boys turn to men and men gave their all.
For Freedom and Brotherhood they answered the call.

You have not felt rage as I have felt rage!
As the Vietnam Protester took center stage
and stole glory from the fallen who died for their rights;
who unselfishly, without question, gave their Country their lives.

Richard D. Preston
2000

Page created: Saturday, 27 May 2000

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