Sleep the night, and then find coffee,
And when found, there is often a TV,
Say, CNN, say FOX, the news – wars, always wars.
Orange flames, shelled buildings, planes, trucks,
Tanks, wounded – bandaged – bodies not shown ….
Caps with World War Two, Korea, Vietnam,
Iraq, Afghanistan – not sports teams – wars ….
I ask the Korean-cap wearer about the Korean War.
He had a small part – Navy supply ships – but he said he
Had another story, another war ….
“The French were in Vietnam, Korea was ending,
And we had the job – yes US Navy ships – to ship French soldiers from France
Through the Suez Canal over to Vietnam.
While going through the canal, I noticed that
The French soldiers had machine guns trained on the
African troops – troops from their colonies – troops
Being sent to Vietnam; they wanted to make sure they did
Not jump off our ship and try to get back to their homes,
Far south and west of Egypt.
They guns worked; the Africans did not leave.
Believe that? Many don’t.”
I told him I did;
After all, I see war every morning ….
Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky, mid-December 2012