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Peace with the Night

I’ve made my peace with the night
        and no longer stand at the window
        vigilantly searching for changes in the shadows.

Yet still,
        you come to my bed
        like a life time love affair.
But the dreams you bring
        pierce my heart with the pain
        of images I can never erase.

Will I ever close my eyes; Vietnam
        without seeing your face in the darkness?

A close-up sketch of a man with his hands over his face, visual clutter around the perimeter of the drawing.

Biographical Details

Primary Location During Vietnam: An Hoa, (Duc Duc) Quang Nam Province, Vietnam Vietnam location marker

Story Subject: Military Service

Military Branch: U.S. Marine Corps

Dates of Service: 1968 - 1971

Unit: 2nd Batallion 11th Marines, 1st Marine Div.

This story is part of the Spotlight on Poetry collection.

Story Themes: Art, Illustration, Poetry, PTSD, Read, Reflection

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