Christina A. Sharik

For the TLCB (Thai – Laos – Cambodian Brotherhood)

Hero; what does it mean?
What things has a hero seen?
He goes where he is told
when he is tired
and oh, so, cold –
when he’s hot and
red with dust –
when he can’t go on, yet
knows he must –
when he’s
sad and very far
from home –
and so alone –
What’s a hero?
Someone who completes
some extraordinary feat?
and someone else who
marches on
on his blistered feet –
misses his family and
fights the insects and the heat –
maybe there are degrees of
heroes –
like Hero Classes I and II –
which one are you?
I don’t know much about such things
but I know that if you take
a scared young man –
and send him away
to some foreign land –
to fire the weapons in his hand –
or repair the weapons or the planes –
to do the very best he knows –
and get no thank you for his pains –
He is as much a hero – as any others –
Can’t they see they’re all just brothers?