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With the rotting stench
And the corpses he’s seeing,
How could anyone be asked
To kill another human being?

Constant regret
For what he’s done,
The war for him is over
But he still hasn’t won.

Haunting questions
Come from the dead.
The universe is exploding and imploding
All in his head.

Returning to his homeland
With emotional distress,
He’s met with indifference and anger.
He only did his best.

With not so much
As a “job well done,”
Or even a “thank you,”
Or “I’m proud of you, son.”

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.




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mpacheco15 said...
May 27, 2010 at 7:30 pm:
I'm gonna join up the military. I'm gonna be a cadet ASAP. However I could never kill someone, so I'm gonna be a nurse instead. My dad did kill people, but he mostly helped.
 
alice replied...
Jun. 16, 2010 at 12:06 pm :
nice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
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kristalynnbaron said...
Apr. 25, 2010 at 2:00 pm:
Love this.
 
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blippi said...
Mar. 18, 2010 at 8:45 pm:
Is this about vietnam?? Anyhow its beautiful
 
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poemlover said...
Mar. 11, 2010 at 1:50 pm:
kudoz amazing emotion this is intense
 
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Pa S. said...
Mar. 1, 2010 at 6:56 pm:
did he kill his dad? i love this poem. i'm feeling a little slow right now. but i'm just so glad. >poetry right there
 
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HP_freak_fan said...
Jul. 30, 2009 at 2:06 am:
Great poem!
 
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ruby D. said...
Jul. 29, 2009 at 10:40 pm:
Thats a lot of emotion for one person to feel...really amazing poem.
 
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munchkinrocks This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 29, 2009 at 7:19 pm:
this is really good!
 
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LostChild said...
Jul. 29, 2009 at 6:22 pm:
that was so amazing gud wurk !!!!!!!!!!!!
 
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despurlock This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 29, 2009 at 2:04 am:
Wow! I'm speecheless. This is terrific. Very heart-wrenching. 5 stars.
 
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Peach the Dancing Monkey! said...
Jun. 7, 2009 at 7:33 am:
Holy cow! There is so much emmotion is this poem.
 
alice replied...
Jun. 16, 2010 at 12:08 pm :
IKR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! plz reply
 
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