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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Wow, You caught me off guard with this one. I pity the person who did it cause they are ignorant to the fact that soldiers die for them..and I am sad that the soldiers families suffer their absence so those families can live in comfort..

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1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Joyce S. Greene

4 Years Ago

Thank you, Rose, for reading my poem and leaving your supportive review behind. I totally agree wit.. read more
Rose of many colours

4 Years Ago

God bless great writer. My heart bleeds for Soldiers who die in wars. I wonder if their lives are wo.. read more
Joyce S. Greene

4 Years Ago

I don't believe one person should ever die on a field of battle, but human nature being what it is, .. read more
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
Wow, a very strong twist in that last line throwing it on its head.

Posted 4 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Joyce S. Greene

4 Years Ago

Thanks, Mark. The returning Vietnam vets were not greeted with parades and thank you's like many ar.. read more
nobody understands the value of real contributors unless and until the contributions stops coming .

Posted 4 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Joyce S. Greene

4 Years Ago

You're right about that, Anand. I was just thinking about the aftermath of 9/11 and how people rush.. read more
A very worthy tribute to all brave soldiers past and present and very fitting too, as we remember our fallen heros the world over on the 11th of this month !

Posted 4 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Joyce S. Greene

4 Years Ago

Thanks, Tom. How tragic that some don't give those soldiers credit for what they have done for us a.. read more
wow very moving joyce I like it.... and sad but it is a shame how cruel people can be

Posted 4 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Joyce S. Greene

4 Years Ago

Thanks, Jeannear, for your very encouraging words. I appreciate your reading my words and lettting .. read more
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ron
That is reminiscent of the soldiers coming back from Vet Nam.

Posted 4 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Joyce S. Greene

4 Years Ago

Yes, Ron, that's the War I'm writing about. A very sad time to be young, for all of us. I appreica.. read more
ron

4 Years Ago

Your are most welcome Joyce.
Some people behave in such despicable ways. You may disagree with war, but never with the people who are willing to fight. This is a powerful poem, Joyce.

Posted 4 Years Ago


Joyce S. Greene

4 Years Ago

Thanks, Rita, for your supportive review. It was a very bad war and the students' reaction to it wa.. read more
and my dear it still goes on today if you was in nam you are considered a baby killer
the enemy would stand behind women and children and fire on you good write

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Joyce S. Greene

4 Years Ago

I understand it was a very dirty war, Ron. And I experienced the campus unrest during that period. .. read more

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