Listen to the poems being read,
poems being read by Vietnamese women
speaking of lost fathers, husbands, and children.

Listen to the poems being read,
poems being read by Vietnamese men,
soldiers who lost loved comrades,
soldiers who traveled the Ho Chi Minh trail,
soldiers who feared for their lives each step of the way.

Listen to the poems being read,
poems being read by Americans,
soldiers who knew death on a personal basis,
soldiers who regretted actions they committed,
soldiers who sleep restlessly night after night.

Listen, oh please listen to the poems being read about war’s effects,
so that one day war, mankind’s inhumanity to each other, may end,
so that a day will be born,
a day which will bring peace to each family,
a day which will bring peace to the world forever.

-tms 10-10-2010