James H. Smith

WHAT MEANING

IWVPA Double Tap Award for War Poetry: April 29, 2007
Awarded: April 29, 2007
Was I wrong to fight in an unpopular war
So many lay their life down on that foreign shore
So what meaning may we find in a hundred years
For so many shed and unshed tears
We trod upon another’s doorstep, not our own
With little understanding of their church and home
So what meaning may we find in a hundred years
For so many shed and unshed tears
How was our country at risk from this land half a world away
Where there for years our soldiers did stay
So what meaning may we find in a hundred years
For so many shed and unshed tears
The war I went to was wrong, this I will never say
Too many friends, on that shore spent their last day
So what meaning may we find in a hundred years
For so many shed and unshed tears
Would I walk that walk again, knowing what I know today
Yes, but leaders with more wisdom, I would pray
So what meaning may we find in a hundred years
For so many shed and unshed tears
With in each of us we hold secrets, we know the reason why
For a war not lost and friends lost, our hearts scream out a silent cry
So what meaning may we find in a hundred years
For so many shed and unshed tears
Did we lose that jungle war, no we just picked up and walked away
Our reasons perhaps someday we will have to explain, to the last Vietnam KIA
So what meaning may we find in a hundred years
For so many shed and unshed tears

This poem inspired the response, “Reasons…” ~ ©Copyright April 26, 2007 by Fred Alvis