Dear John


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







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

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

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

Stunned now
angry
helpless
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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