Jackie R. Kays

THE VIETNAM WAR CENTURION

During the era of the Roman Empire
when the Centurions returned to
Rome, a time of festivity was
observed by all of it citizens.
Honoring their returning warriors
with a parade of bright colored chariots,
musicians, dancers, performing acrobats,
flags, banners and flower bears.
Not to mention a feast of food and wine.

When the Vietnam War Centurion returned
alone to his Rome, there were no musicians,
dancers, performers, flags, banners or
flower bears.
No bright colored chariots or feast of
food and wine

… Just apathy and arcane silence for all time.