May 29, 2006

"My Dead Are Not Silent"

This is a poem from the Vietnam War era. Its written by Women that were "in-country". The title of the book: Visions of War, Dreams of Peace : Writings of Women in the Vietnam War. This book of writings by Women is to further the cause of a Women's Vietnam Memorial..which is still sadly a dream. It's not by me, but another woman named Dusty.

My dead are not silent.
They scream in my dreams.

My dead are not still.
They reach for their mothers.

My dead are young soldiers
spent, wasted, discarded.

They paid the price
for political ploys
for strategic follies
for tactical errors.

The politicians and planners
the orderers and senders
discomfited but unshamed
demand that my dead lie quiet
that my grief be smothered
that my ache be shunned
that my memories be denied.

But my dead will not be stilled
They will not be shelved
into sanitized rows.
Their blood yet drips through my soul
Their moans still echo through my heart.

My dead demand remembrance
My dead demand honor
My dead demand that lessons be learned.
I hear them still
through my dreams
through my laughter
through my prayers

My dead are not silent.
©1991, 1996 by Dusty Originally appeared in Visions of War, Dreams of Peace, Warner Books, 1991

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