Questions for The Wall

I know I’ve probably posted this before, but I think this poem is appropriate given the subject matter of this plaque I shared on FB.


As I look upon the faces

Of middle-aged young men

Who grew up half a world away

In a pastoral Asian chaos

Certain questions plague my mind.

Was it worth it?

Was going to that land so far away

Worth the pain?

Was it worth the sorrow

Of seeing young men fall?

Was it worth the madness

Of battle? Worth the horror?

Worth the grief you caught

When you came marching home?

Were you just meat for a grinder

Or did you send a message?

A message which later made

The other guy blink?

Please explain, forgive me,

I’m confused.


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