Lost Dreams (The Vietnam Vet)

by Dennis Fillhart
(Butler, Pa)

I didn't want to go
But I had to, you know
I was snatched from "cruisin' the strip" time
While it was still in it's prime

While old friends listened to "Good Golly Miss Molly"
I was sent after a poor guy named "Charlie"
I didn't know why, it was his homeland
Not like it was serious crude under sand

I toured the 'Nam in '68
Confused and, thank God, not full of hate
I hoped I would get back without pain
And while there, I found 21 in the rain

I was taught not to run away
When it's time to pay
And the price of freedom I should enjoy today
Was the sacrifice of my youthful days

Adrift without a prayer
And shattered by inhuman care
You found me lost in '71's scene
Dragin' behind me shreds of what was once a dream

Written in 1995

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Jun 08, 2019
Lost Dream
by: Dennis

There are so many influences from places, things and many people that have helped me create this poem in my head, that I just can't begin to remember all of them, so Thank You to all. Dennis.

Nov 12, 2016
More please
by: Anonymous

Keep sharing!

Nov 10, 2016
by: CM

I've always been proud of you for serving in the US Army especially in Vietnam----
Luv your poem !

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