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Poems - Vietnam Quatrain


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Vietnam Quatrain

by tommyjacksprat

Within my breast I carry ancient death;
Its face is pale and white as marbled clay.
Consumed with guilt, I struggle for each breath
Still sour with napalm scent of yesterday.

The fractured colors formed behind my lids
Are monumental rainbows round a pit
Where hues of crimson-reds crisscross the grids
Profuse in bloody lines and squares to fit.

Profanely perfect patterned memories
Of riddled bodies huddled on the ground,
Where bloated skin slips off fatalities
As ragged maggots slither-squirm around.

The jungle flora breathes forth mystic sighs
As soldiers wander through symbology.
They see suspended phantoms' floating eyes;
A catapult to horrid memory.

No temple of communion colonnades!
No transubstantiation in the heat!
No priestly servants hidden in the glades!
No promises of paradise wrapped neat!

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Re: Vietnam Quatrain (Score: 1 )
by tommyjacksprat on Thursday, August 25, 2011 (12:45:54)
Pretty good poem.

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Re: Vietnam Quatrain (Score: 1 )
by rondo on Friday, February 17, 2012 (13:59:36)
a languish of guilt / remorse come to terms in a setting more palatable beautiful piece

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Re: Vietnam Quatrain (Score: 1 )
by tommyjacksprat on Friday, February 17, 2012 (14:18:43)
Thank you Ron. I just noticed I posted
a response to my own poem back in
August of 2011, lol. Must have felt
lonely that my personal poem received
no comments. Thank you for fixing
that passing dilemma. Most honored. tom

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