“Who is she?” The policeman asked as he stood next to her feet.

“Just another homeless woman who died here in the street.”


“Does she have any friends or family?” he asked reeling from the smell.

“Not that anyone knows,” came the answer…”not that anyone can tell.”


“I hear she was a nurse in Vietnam”…another person said stopping to stare.

“She never said but I always wondered…what happened to her there.”


"But that war ended over 40 years ago!” the young policeman said,

“Surely there’s another reason this woman lies here dead!”


“There has to be another explanation…there’s got to be something more…

How can this old homeless woman be a casualty of that war?”


A man in tattered khakis limped over to the crowd

He saluted the homeless woman then stood up tall and proud…


“We hear a lot about men like me and Vietnam.” he said 

“The horrors…the way we were treated…and it’s all true…

but forgotten are the he nurses who took care of us…

and the traumas they went through.” 


“There is a painful truth about war…how its memories transcend…

“and just because a war is over…doesn’t mean the battle ends."


“Some of us can’t forget the agony and our pain…we can’t conceal.

“In some of us the suffering continues…some wounds will never heal.”


“Who was she another passerby asked?”

The policeman’s stood up proud and resolute.

She was a woman…a nurse…a soldier!” he said…


and he gave her a salute.


tough decision




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dear mommy,


dear dad,


i remember


what we had,


i know you couldn't afford


the bills and the pain,


for you had your own 


from the past


that did remain,


i appreciate


the decision you made,


i know it was hard


to leave me in that ward,


but now i'm well


it's over...the hell,


my new mom and dad


have loved me dearly,


i just want to say


i love you,





12:31 PM 7/21/2013 ©




Author's Notes/Comments: 

many children never live or get the care they need in america, and the choices parents are forced to make are extremely difficult and are made with love of the unconditional kind.

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