Did you ever kill someone,
Or get real close and see
The full effect of a claymore mine
Or long range artillery??

Did you ever cut off an ear?
Wear a trophy hung by thread?
Make a bracelet out of teeth?
Take something personal from the

Did you ever show some sign of fear
While walking through a ville
Feel a cold chill in the heat,
Of a jungle fallen soundless, and still??

Oh, he may tell you, and all in good time
Of what his war has done to his mind,
But did he kill, and did they die?
Into this place, please do not pry.

© Jeff Manthos 2001