Faye Sizemore


Listen to the Nam vets when they speak.
Learn their lessons well.
Do not forget, for when you trek
That Valley of The Shadow
Toward Heaven or Hell,
You will learn they were not alone.
In the Valley of the Shadow,
Their names are written in blood upon each stone.
No matter which way you are headed
Learn their names and lessons well
Whether it be to the gates of Heaven… or Hell
When you are greeted at the Gate,
Then it will be too late,
Because when you are clasped to a breast,
You will see that both God and the Devil,
Have a Vietnam combat ribbon…
Pinned to their chest.

A Response inspired by the poem, “Us” ~ ©Copyright December 29, 2001 by Lou J. Klaiber