The Unwritten Poem, By the Forgotten Man, by Mark M.

From Mark M. at theburningplatform.com:

Remember the night we first met
and I kept staring
you thought I liked your girlfriend
instead of you
but I didn’t

remember our first date
the picnic in the park
you pushed me in the pond
and laughed while I almost drowned
but I didn’t

remember the first time we made love
it just happened by itself
you were afraid
and thought I was using you
but I didn’t

remember that summer night
we held each other and cried
because we were so happy
and you thought we were being silly
but I didn’t

remember that big fight
and the things we said we didn’t mean
I drove away cursing
and you thought we’d break up
but I didn’t

remember our wedding day
and the joy we shared
we held one another all night
and kissed for hours
you said I fell asleep first
but I didn’t

remember when I answered the call
how brave you were
we talked about our plans
the children we would have
and the life we would live
when I came home from Vietnam
but I didn’t

One response to “The Unwritten Poem, By the Forgotten Man, by Mark M.

  1. Very poignant poem about a life that could have been had LBJ (and the Deep State) fought that war like we fought the Japanese in the South Pacific. Of course, different situation with China and Russia lurking in the background, but I think the decision to confront the North Vietnamese was correct, the decision to fight correct, just the “managed failure” of that war was a disgrace and so many lives were lost because of that. So sad.
    I remember reading what a WWII/Korea gunnery sergeant remarked about the early Marines that fought with him in the ’65-’66. He said they were the best quality soldiers he ever served with.

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