Deep Within This Marine

9 January 1999
By Kevin M. East

Deep within this Marine, the hatred I have for you has no cure,
you ran and let My Country down, that's for sure....
I lived in the jungle where day after day it was death, blood, sweat and tears,
you really didn't care about me in Vietnam, for you had no fears...
By day and night you'd protest, party, laugh and play,
while back in Vietnam, "Tom's been killed" I'd hear them say...
As a Marine I stand proud and tall, from My country, I'd never run,
even though I know Vietnam is not a game, nor is it fun...
I made alot of friends in Vietnam... Tom, Bill, Gunner and Joe,
but to visit them now, to Arlington National Cemetary I must go...
One day I stood in silence, overlooking the graves of all who died,
they had served their country with Honor, Dignity and Pride...
I cried tears one rainy day in Vietnam until I couldn't see,
trying to comfort my dying friend, he said to me, "Bye Al, remember me"...
My close friend had died for his country with Pride and without shame,
while you went to Canada thinking this was all a game...
Never shall I consider forgiving you for running away,
to me, you are a coward and a disgrace to My Country is all I can say...
The hatred embedded within me toward cowards like you,
will never be forgotten within me, no matter what you say or do...
America, is My Country, and it's the freedom that I enjoy and love,
and I will proudly serve My Country again if push comes to shove...
To avoid the Draft, you deserted My Country to do nothing but hide,
while American Patriots fight in Vietnam, and many have died...
You treated me with great disrespect and dishonor when I came back,
you smoked your weed, called me names, and manners you did lack...
War is hell, and we realize that many good men will die,
It broke my heart to see parents of kids break down and cry...
You don't deserve the freedom we fight to preserve, you ran to hide,
so stay in Canada cowards, and permanently there reside...
This Marine shall never forgive you for running, or forget it,
without shame or guilt, on your grave I shall spit.

"God Bless America and All Its Veterans"


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