Vietnam Memories #1
By John Swainston, Army
Writing Type: Poem
By John L. Swainston
VA Medical Center--Kansas City, MO
We all thought we were really cool.
We had all finished AIT, our Army School.
We learned it was too late
to say, “Hell no, I won’t go.”
We had also learned to shoot straight.
We found our need to sin
in the streets of Saigon.
We needed to wash away that sin with gin.
We were drenched by the monsoon that came
in May and June.
We all knew that some would die soon.
Prompt based on “We Real Cool” by Gwendolyn Brooks.