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
Author: Gene Novogrodsky
Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky, a Brownsville resident for nearly three decades, writes North American border slices, from eastern Canada to central Mexico, and in between. He is one of the founders of the Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center Writers Forum in San Benito. He sometimes participates with the informal Resaca Writers Group in Brownsville. He prefers, however, to read to two or three attentive listeners – when asked!