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Letters Home

ĎNam soldier:

Dear Dad
Iím here dear Dad
Dear Dad, heís dead dear Dad
I killed someone today
It was my job to see him dead
Put my bullet through his head
I did my job, I shot a Gook
And now heís dead
Will his Mama cry
Did he lie to his children
Saying heíll be home one day
Real soon.
Dear Dad, while Iím here
Thereíll be more dead
Itís clear to me
That every day Iím here Iíll see
More dead, Dear Dad
Dad itís so hard
Killing people is so hard
Does it get any easier
It just must get easier
If it doesnít get easier
I donít know if Iíll survive
Tell that lie to my children
Dear Dad.

WWII Soldier:

Momma Momma Momma
We shot SS men tonight
I saw their camps
I saw their crimes
I saw the whites of their young blue eyes
They maybe were
all of seventeen years old
Our unit mowed them down
Momma Momma Momma
Though Iím sure weíre right
I donít think I can sleep
Tonight

Jonny Reb:

To my sisters safe at home
I hope
No time to write more than this
Short note
I killed my first Union soldier last week
With bullets and with blade
And then I took his boots
Now I donít know who Iím fighting for
Remind me
Oh my sisters,
There were darkies
And they fought against me
Some of them Iíd known most all my life
Oh my sisters, I think of you
To justify what I must do
Though these Union boots that are a bit too tight
With every step remind me to wonder if Iím right.

Father:

Dear Son, oh my Son
My bright and shining Son
War gets easier
It does get easier
Killing men is easier
Each day.
And when you come home
You will come home
With glory raining down upon your head
When you come home from killing fields
After warís got easier
Youíll find you might as well
Be dead.




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The following comments are for "Letters Home"
by cybele

Raw
This piece is raw and confronting, everything about it, from the excellent writing style and structure, the multi personality views and the images portrayed. I am in awe and can almost weep myself, for that which I've never seen.

( Posted by: De`esse [Member] On: December 29, 2003 )

Gem
I'm random reading as Peterpaulino suggested and I found this gem. So glad I came by. As bob said it is haunting and I too loved the layers of time, thoughts, and people. thank-you. regards huni.

( Posted by: Huni [Member] On: July 27, 2004 )





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