Where is the boy I left at home for war?

I knew a boy

Who went to war

And left his home

Behind him.

I knew him well,

That boy was me

And now I cannot

Find him.

A Vietnam veteran’s tweak of a World War II sailor’s song
(Photo of this young War War I “Doughboy” courtesy of: greatwar.nl/oldsoldiers/lloydcleme… )

7 comments on “Where is the boy I left at home for war?

  1. souldipper says:

    Surely that sums it up for every person who has served during a war. It has always been a huge puzzle for me, Michael J. Does anyone completely survive?

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    • contoveros says:

      I think most survive by compartmentalizing it.

      I did that for years, afraid to look for that boy until years later when the adult in me was strong enough to view his loss dispassionately with lots of compassion.

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  2. matan baron says:

    Hey, my name is Matan Baron and i am a senior at tenafly high school in nj. I have been asked by my teacher to interview war veterans and after reading your blog I wanted to ask you if you will be willing to answer a few questions I have about being a part of the Vietnam war. I would really appreciate it, thank you very much Matan

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  3. Viv says:

    I have a photo of my grandfather and my great uncle shortly before they went to war. One came back. The other was left in the mud on the Somme.

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