a student's spit

a student's spit

A Poem by Joyce S. Greene
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My poem is dedicated to all those soldiers who suffered and/or died for us in the line of duty. Thanks, BR, and all of you, who gave so much.

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the soldier
walks across campus
on his uniform
a Purple Heart
and a student's spit


© 2013 Joyce S. Greene



Author's Note

Joyce S. Greene
Some have called the incident I describe a myth, but my first husband, an Army captain at the time, lived the experience upon his return from Vietnam, so I call it a fact. The fact that this happened to even just one returning soldier is revolting. The fact that others still abuse soldiers for serving us all is horrendous. Fortunately, things seem to have improved a bit and soldiers are now thanked by many for what they did when they return. I pray that we never have to read another abusive poem of our men in uniform on this site again.

Publication credit: Ribbons: Tanka Society of America Journal Tanka Cafe Section
Feb. 2013


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Having fought for the students right to spit, I find it gratifying you wrote of it. I am just as easily pleased at the reception Brown University gave to the war veteran and police commissioner Ray Kelly. The faces of these Americans should be posted from sea to shining sea, least we let them go unnoticed and denied their just rewards. God bless the first amendment, it saves me the time of ferreting them out. Tom

Posted 4 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Joyce S. Greene

4 Years Ago

Thanks for your strong review and your service, Tom, both in the military and police force. You are.. read more
PANTHER811

4 Years Ago

Thank you darlin, but, trust me...I've collected. May not have always gone the way I wanted, but as .. read more



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I have not been able to get online for a few while because of duty requirements. I read this and it made me think about a incident in Denver a few years ago. A Airmen was walking through downtown Denver in his uniform and a older lady came up and spit in his face. He didn't lose his composure but it was totally disrespectful. I remember that as we were talking about it none of us could believe it was done INCONUS. We fight for the rights of the people in this country and we take no shame in that. Sometimes those we fight for hate us but to serve is without thinking of self.

Posted 3 Years Ago


A piece to stand behind... no matter your stance on the reason why they fight, you can not deny their selflessness.

Posted 3 Years Ago


Joyce S. Greene

3 Years Ago

Thank you, PH, for your supportive review. Anyone who risks his life for his country is a true hero.. read more
Travis Gibson (poetic heroics)

3 Years Ago

Well said.
I love not only your political accuracy behind this poem, but the few words you used to make such an impact. I whole heartedly agree with you about the treatment of those men.

Posted 3 Years Ago


Joyce S. Greene

3 Years Ago

Thank you, Madison, for your supportive review. You were not even a gleam in your father's eyes dur.. read more
I love this. As I have posted before, my favourite saying about soldiers that comes to mind is "if you don't stand behind our troops, feel free to stand in front of them" One question, however, did you mean to say ON or IN his uniform?

Posted 3 Years Ago


Joyce S. Greene

3 Years Ago

Thank you, KL. Yes, I really meant "on." The pin is pinned on his uniform and the spit is, unfortu.. read more
Lyn Anderson

3 Years Ago

Yes, I wondered that. Either would work. It is a great piece.
Yes..it is the truth !!!
I pray someday..a uniform will be a relic...



Scott

Posted 3 Years Ago


Joyce S. Greene

3 Years Ago

That would truly be wonderful, Scott, but, human nature being what it is, rather improbable. I appr.. read more
Scott Metro

3 Years Ago

It is my pleasure.... :)
Scott
I pray that the soldiers will get the respect they deserve. Thanks for this enlightening poem, Joyce.

Posted 3 Years Ago


Joyce S. Greene

3 Years Ago

Thank you, Blue. This is a poem about the reception received by the soldiers returning to the US a.. read more
Simple, to the point--blunt. Reflects the affront.

Posted 4 Years Ago


Joyce S. Greene

3 Years Ago

Guess I must have missed your review, rutherford, and I am very sorry about that. I really appreciat.. read more
A sad vision create by the poem. The Vietnam war left the poor Soldiers with hard decisions. Served and disliked. Thank you for writing the excellent and true poem.
Coyote

Posted 4 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Joyce S. Greene

4 Years Ago

Thank you, Coyote, for leaving such a thoughtful review for me.
Coyote Poetry

4 Years Ago

You are welcome.
"I pray that we never have to read another abusive poem of our men in uniform on this site again" I'm with you on that one Joyce, it's fine to hate war itself, who doesn't, but don't project those feelings onto the very men and women that protect our every freedom......well said my friend!

Posted 4 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Joyce S. Greene

4 Years Ago

Thank you very your very wise thoughts, Frieda. How sad that people always seem to take their own f.. read more
Thank you for this Joyce. My generation got the respect when we came home but the nam vets got spit on bad.
This nation owes them an apology. At least we have the wall. The most emotionally charged memorial in DC.


Posted 4 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Joyce S. Greene

4 Years Ago

I have visited the wall, BR, and it is an impressive monument built to thank those who served in tha.. read more

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