Dear John

By Jackson H. Day, An Khe, 30 March 1969

along the jungle trail
alert to lurking danger
manhood gentlefierce and poised
for any crisis on the path.

in a makeshift bar
exuberating joy
expanding through the
evening camaraderie.

before ground made sacred
by spilled blood
by tried valor
and steel-forged meaning.

Stunned now
bits of torn paper beside
empty red mailbag.

Quoted by Jennifer Semple Siegel in Chapter 35, "Dear Peter" of .Memoir Madness: Driven to Involuntary Commitment , 2012

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