image caption: LeeAnn Warren (L) comforts her friend Ashleigh Pfister, as they look at the medals her husband, Army Spc. Jacob Pfister, was awarded during funeral services outside St. Vincent de Paul Church in North Evans, New York, on April 29, 2005…Pfister died April 19 when a suicide car bomber hit their squadron near Baghdad <snip> REUTERS/Gary Wiepert

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On Being Asked to Write a Poem Against the War in Vietnam
by Hayden Carruth

Well I have and in fact
more than one and I’ll
tell you this too

I wrote one against
Algeria that nightmare
and another against

Korea and another
against the one
I was in

and I don’t remember
how many against
the three

when I was a boy
Abyssinia Spain and
Harlan County

and not one
breath was restored
to one

shattered throat
mans womans or childs
not one not

but death went on and on
never looking aside

except now and then
with a furtive half-smile
to make sure I was noticing.

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