While in Landstuhl the Wounded Still Lay... (a poem)

As a vet I know how these visits go;

They are contrived for the politicians,

Who posture, pose for network shows,

In controlled choreographed conditions.

Obama wants troops in his video loops,

To serve as his backdrop to glory;

But if the Army says no to a video show,

Then our wounded are no longer a story.


Once having been there I can certainly share

The excitement and anticipation;

Awaking to hear someone famous is near,

Come to pay the respects of the nation.

But then comes the word, infrequently heard,

The celebrity won't visit today;

Too bad for the troops, he's gone shooting hoops,

While in Landstuhl the wounded still lay.


Russ Vaughn

Vietnam 65-66

As a vet I know how these visits go;

They are contrived for the politicians,

Who posture, pose for network shows,

In controlled choreographed conditions.

Obama wants troops in his video loops,

To serve as his backdrop to glory;

But if the Army says no to a video show,

Then our wounded are no longer a story.


Once having been there I can certainly share

The excitement and anticipation;

Awaking to hear someone famous is near,

Come to pay the respects of the nation.

But then comes the word, infrequently heard,

The celebrity won't visit today;

Too bad for the troops, he's gone shooting hoops,

While in Landstuhl the wounded still lay.


Russ Vaughn

Vietnam 65-66