Mark I. Kirkmeyer

MY IWVPA FRIENDS

IWVPA Double Tap Award for War Poetry: March 6, 2004
Awarded: March 6, 2004
True Friends
Are there for you
When you spill your heart
They do not run
These are true friends

When you are low
They swarm you
Support you and lift you
They do not run
These are true friends

They would enter Hell
To protect and comfort you
They Listen but don’t judge
They do not run
These are true friends

I love you all
You are true friends
You accept my worst
You do not run
You are true friends

“Yes, it [this poem] is certainly about the suffering of a soldier who has discovered the special comradeship that only we are able to share.” – Comment about the poem by Colin F. Jones, Vietnam Veteran and fellow IWVPA Club member with Mark.