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Peace, Love and Vietnam Flowertops

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Toerag
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0 posted 08-26-99 11:14 AM       View Profile for Toerag   Email Toerag   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Toerag

When I landed in Vietnam,
I hardly got to see Saigon.
They lined us up and called the role,
And off we went on long patrol.

The Captain called a halt that night,
And we had chow by the pale moonlight.
A lovely dinner they planned for us,
With a taste like a seat on a cross-town bus.

A couple of the fellas was tellin' jokes,
A few of the guys started to smoke,
I took a whiff as the cloud rolled by
And my head went up like an infield fly.

I said I may be crazy, but I think not,
I'd swear to God that I smelled pot,
But who'd have pot in Vietnam?
They said what ya think ya been sittin' on?

Tiny little plants....a million and twenty,
All around....fields of plenty.

Well the time came as it comes to all,
When I had to answer nature's call,
I was stumblin' around in the moon-lit haze,
Met a little dude in black "P-J's"

(ammo belt....B.F. Goodrich sandals)

He said our squad's campin' down the pass,
Smell your squad blowin' grass,
And by the smell you're smokin' trash,
Brought you a taste of a special stash....

(straight from uncle Ho's Victory gardens..call it Hanoi Gold)

Well his squad and my squad settled down,
Passed some lovely stuff around,
All too soon it was time to go,
the Captain got on the ra-dee-o
and said;
"Hello headquarters. We have met the enemy, and he has been smashed!


This was a popular thinggie in the good old days!!!!!!!!!!!!
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suthern
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1 posted 08-26-99 11:38 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

Ya got any of that good stuff left? *G* Can I take you to lunch? LOL. Great poem, sweets!

On a serious note... in spite of being underage, I worked at Fort Polk and saw firsthand so many leaving for Vietnam... and saw different men return home. However they managed to endure... God bless our vets!
INclan
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2 posted 08-26-99 11:41 AM       View Profile for INclan   Email INclan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for INclan

Nicely written. Is this from personal experience?
traveler
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3 posted 08-26-99 12:01 PM       View Profile for traveler   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for traveler

LMAO ... old, old memories Toe ... semper fi
Seymour Tabin
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4 posted 08-26-99 12:24 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Toe,
My war was diffrent
we used shaving lotion.
You did a good job
Enjoyed the read.
Poet deVine
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5 posted 08-26-99 05:07 PM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

This can't possibly be from experience! Didn't you tell me you just turned 21! Good poem about a time that few understand or want to remember.
 
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