September 10, 2012

PotW: What Kind of War?

by Larry Rottman

Ask what kind of war it is
where you can be pinned down
all day in a muddy rice paddy
while your buddies are being shot
and a close-support Phantom jet
who has been napalming the enemy
wraps itself around a tree and explodes
and you cheer inside?

Winning Hearts and Minds:
War Poems by Vietnam Veterans
(Brooklyn, NY, 1972)

1 comment:

Rahim on the Docks said...

For more information about the poetry compilation Winning the Hearts and Minds, and similar literary efforts by today's veterans, check out:

Warrior Writers teams up with Combat Paper NJ for art and writing workshops at Montclair State University from Sept. 11-14. The week will conclude with a stellar poetry reading and art exhibition at Gallery U in Montclair, NJ on Saturday, Sept. 15, from 6-9 pm. For details, visit Combat Paper