Army Mom’s Safe Haven

MARK KESSINGER

DEAD

We had every kind of death in Nam,
fast dead, near dead,
fuckin' dead,
point blank dead,
blown away dead,
unconfirmed dead,
confirmed dead,
missing presumed dead
wish I was home, or dead,
dead warmed over
walking dead
dead head
living dead
next to dead
in line for dead
deadheads
dead ends,
it's a word you get tired of
after awhile
but you learn to live with it
in spite of yourself
part of the landscape
part of the dead you live
among.

Written by Mark Kessinger

This is from an excellent poetry book of poems from both sides - American and Vietnamese...
called "From Both Sides Now" edited by Philip Mahoney