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Boot Camp

Eighteen,

hot summer in Kentucky

we marched the hills

like soldiers do

counting cadence

counting days

counting ways to kill

shouting ways to kill

eighteen is young

shaved head and black boots

spit shined like a mirror

Vietnam in front of us

high school prom behind us

kill little men in pajamas

screamed the big black sergeant

never seen one before

I trembled

that hot summer day

been trembling ever since.


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Stan Grimes

I am a retired social worker. I graduated from Indiana University, married with four children and ten grandchildren. My current project: learning the acoustic guitar.

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