POETRY FORMAT, 17 Jun 2013

Tom Greening – TRANSCEND Media Service

Boyish Soviet soldiers believed
they were being sent to Afghanistan
to build hospitals and plant trees.
Instead, they filled hospitals and planted bodies.
The Americans had gotten to play
with their war toys in Vietnam—
Soviet generals wanted equal opportunities,
and Brezhnev, though no genius,
was smart enough to indulge them.
Betrayed by their countries, the bonds
between some Russian and American vets
are deeper than their bonds
with their countrymen,
and the rocks and dust of the mountains
have drunk the same blood
as the swamps and jungle.

Tom Greening: “I engage in five professional activities:
Faculty Member at Saybrook University
Private Practice of Psychotherapy
Clinical Professor of Psychology, UCLA
International Editor of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology
Writing (Poetry).”

Published in the Journal of Humanistic Psychology, Fall 1993.


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