Where are all the body parts?
Pieces of arms, Sets of hands, Legs, Just one foot Rib cage parts
Lost forever In the jungles, the deserts, the forests, the mountains
Where are the wounded soldiers today?
On the battlefield screaming
At home thinking
In VA hospitals
In Nursing homes for the young
Limping along through life
In the dark
Blind in one eye and blind in two
Pieces of face burned off and
Left behind with the dreams of a “normal”life
Fortunately, I think, the torso and the head are still alive
Some will go on with life
Some will not
Their minds forever trapped In the pain and horror of split seconds
Lost with the other body parts
Men who make unnecessary war,
Do not fight them
They and theirs are back home safe
They get to keep their body parts
How can they not know?
About those precious body parts
How can you not know?
About the body parts left behind
Lost in the sand
Lost with the ignorance to the horrors of war
Lost with the confusion about patriotism
Lost among the lies and the deception
Tomorrow will bring lucrative contracts for those who make war and profit from it
Tomorrow will not bring back the body parts,
Those body parts left behind by brave soldiers
They are lost forever.
Author: Beto Conde
Beto Conde has written a series of short stories and poems about his Vietnam experience titled “Moonlight Faces.” One of the poems was selected for the tribute at the 25th anniversary of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. which he read at the event. He currently lives in the Valley and writes poetry and short stories.