Winged Victory

For Veteran’s Day

Moc Chau, Vietnam

The fields are fully green again
where only yesterday was shed
wild blood of exuberant youth
beauteous youth

their blood staining the earth still,
though unseen now, the stain
beneath the fields of green
flowering gardens.

Unseen too the bleeding
of those who wait for them
slowly bleeding
the unseen sword thrust deeply to he heart.

They will bring flowers to the grave this day;
wild flowers from where he was born and bred
Spring flowers from their garden
speaking wistfully of other Springs

passing the monument
Winged Victory
where children play
breaking a mother or a lover’s heart.



About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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2 Responses to Winged Victory

  1. beetleypete says:

    Just as powerful as ever, Frank. Julie and I will be out tomorrow, providing hot drinks and snacks for the British Legion Remembrance Day marchers.

    As they always quote over here,
    ‘They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
    Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
    At the going down of the sun and in the morning
    We will remember them.’ (Robert Lawrence Binyon)

    Best wishes, Pete.

    Liked by 1 person

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