Memories

Thursday, 9 January 2014 - 1:03pm

Written after the announcement by Keith Holyoake that New Zealand will contribute troops to Vietnam.

Pastures green, poppy fields,
graves for soldiers fallen.
A wooden cross marks a resting place,
a thousand miles from loved ones.

Thursday, 9 January 2014 - 12:42pm

Poem written by Mike Subritzky in 1970.

Young Kiwi soldiers, lying so quietly,
merged into the rotting jungle floor.
Spaced in a line, rifles in hand,
machine guns steady, silent and still.

Thursday, 9 January 2014 - 12:35pm

To Jimmy B from Huntly – I hope you find peace mate.

(Cassino Barracks, 1974)

A quiet night in the barracks,
around midnight he starts it again,
he’s yelling about some damned ambush,
and calling some Viet woman’s name.

Thursday, 9 January 2014 - 11:42am

(Fort Dorset From G)

That morning, when the rain stopped
the section shook itself out into patrol order
and moved out.

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