Poetry - Tiger Battalion

Not A Real War

His mother and brother said 'Johnny ... Don’t go'!
The bar girls of ‘Vungers’ said ...'Yu Baby San No'!
In dripping black darkness, his mates standing by;
There was a dying in silence ... The eye’s asking why?

Just nineteen short summers ...or perhaps A little more,
But what’s to be said. it was ...Uh, not a real war;
Sweet Johnny sleep ... it is best you don’t know,
Happy was the land ... that needed no heroes.


© Robert Cavill
C Company & Assault Pioneers Vietnam 1st Tour

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