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Contributor: Thurman P. Woodfork || Poem Categories

Callouses country as flag
The stench of old battles fills his nose
As memories came alive again;
He feels the fear and hears the sounds,
As he hunkers against the monsoon rain.

He thought he'd get used to the fear,
The loss of friends, the weariness, and such;
He thought that, after awhile,
All those things wouldn't matter so much.

He'd learn, soon enough, to ignore the pain
As he matured and grew into a man;
His mind would stiffen and grow a shield
Like toughened skin on work-hardened hands.

He sits here now, lost deep in thought,
His vision turned inward to distant days,
And he feels his soul shiver just a bit
As another callous slips away.
By Thurman P. Woodfork
Copyright 2009
Listed January 15, 2011

About Author... Thurman P. Woodfork (Woody) spent his Air Force career as a radar repairman in places as disparate as Biloxi, Mississippi; Cut Bank, Montana; Tin City, Alaska; Rosas, Spain and Tay Ninh, Vietnam. In Vietnam, he was assigned to Detachment 7 of the 619th Tactical Control Squadron, a Forward Air Command Post located on Trai Trang Sup. Trang Sup was an Army Special Forces camp situated about fifty miles northwest of Saigon in Tay Ninh province, close to the Cambodian border. After Vietnam, Woody remained in the Air Force for nine more years.

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