Freddy A. Williams

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

I am in the woods before daylight. I have on camouflage from head to toe. I carry a rifle, more ammo than I need, food, water, and whatnot’s. I am deer hunting in Mississippi. I am in the bush before daylight.

I have on camouflage from face to toe. I carry a rifle, as much ammo as I can, food, water, and whatnot’s. I am hunting Charlie in Vietnam.

What is the difference?

I make too much noise, I light a cigarette at the wrong time, I cough, and I step on a twig…SNAP. I am hungry; my canteen rubs against a bush. The sun is so warm I want to prop up on a tree and sleep. I won’t see any deer for a while; I ran them all off.

I make too much noise, I light a cigarette the wrong way, and I didn’t cup my hand. I cough; I step on a twig…SNAP. I am hungry; my canteen rubs against a bush. The sun is so warm I want to prop on a tree and sleep. “WHAP!”, Charlie found me.

What is the difference?

I am a 19-year-old acting like a 15 year old. I run, laugh, pinch the girls, order a Pizza and drag race on the strip. I stop at A&W for a root beer. Life is good; I am free – might even take my girl to the drive in.

I am a 19-year-old acting like a 30 year old. I sneak, cry, squeeze my rifle, open a LRRP or C ration, catch a chopper or a deuce and a half, and stop at a mess hall if I am lucky. Life is not good but I am keeping America free. Wish I would get a letter from my Girl.

What is the difference?

I was a kid, now I am an old man. I used to smile; now I cry. I used to sleep like a baby; now I hardly ever sleep. I used to have friends, now I set alone. I used to be strong and healthy, now I am weak and sickly.

What is the difference?

I opened a letter that said… “Greetings”.