Silent Lessons

Toy soldier against full moon --- Image by © Image Source/Corbis

Image by © Image Source/Corbis


If you had told me about the war
I would have taken that over the silence
Clutched each painful memory
Braved the images of bodies’ torn apart
of your innocence killed on arrival

Yet part of me understands why the words
Didn’t come why the moods swung
Why the temper struck like lighting
Why the malt liquor was consumed
Why the dishes grew wings
Why eyes hide behind shades darkened

What do you say to a son when
The bullets are flying the bodies are falling
When your own country’s a Vietnam

© Demitri Tyler

Excerpt from the book “Measuring For Balance”
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