The Rain keeps coming
More thick than strong
Washing the chemical hurt from this hill
Whose side we huddle on
I release the reassuring pressure
Of my fingertip on the trigger there
I let loose my death grip
Hug my weapon like a teddy bear
I can’t say I feel safe
More embraced by a God unseen
Surely the Vietcong will not violate
This night of washing clean
©Tom Puetz 2022
oops, correction to my website.
This poem is deep and moving. Powerful and beautiful.
Thanks Bonnie. The “hill we huddled on” had been de-foliated with agent orange.