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 3 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Joyce S. Greene

3 Years Ago

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

3 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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This got a painful reaction from me. We lose our humanity when we forget another's. Well-writ.


Posted 3 Years Ago


Joyce S. Greene

3 Years Ago

How true, Pryde. Thanks for your insightful review.
a Purple Heart
and a student's spit
i love this part great one Joyce

Posted 3 Years Ago


Joyce S. Greene

3 Years Ago

Thanks, Latifa. Your nice words mean a lot to me.
Joyce, this little poet just screams! Very well done. I do not understand how someone could spit on a soldier. The are heroes who have served to protect their snaky little butts. Well done. Angi~

Posted 3 Years Ago


Joyce S. Greene

3 Years Ago

You're right, Angi. I appreciate your reading and reviewing my poem.
It is a shame that men and women who put their lives on the line to protect their countries are treated this way if they are lucky enough to return from overseas. I remember the way the Vietnam Vets were treated....and it was abominable! Your words are powerful....you have a special talent for getting your point across in a concise write. Kudos to you. Lydi**

Posted 3 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Joyce S. Greene

3 Years Ago

Thanks, Lydi. Baby Ricochet's post this morning really got me going. I appreciate your very suppor.. read more
Lydia

3 Years Ago

I will have to go read that one. Later**
I am sorry that things like this happen. It's important to speak up. This is very powerful Joyce. On the whole I do think the nation's viewpoint has changed toward the people in the armed services since Vietnam but then when you read the hate mongering you realize it's still out there.

Posted 3 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Joyce S. Greene

3 Years Ago

This morning I was sickened by BR's post and felt forced to speak up. There is still hate spewing fo.. read more
What you described Joyce is so sad and revolting. Thankfully it has seemed to ebb some over the years, but the fact that it happened at all sickens me. Nicely done and this needs to be read by everyone.

Posted 3 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Joyce S. Greene

3 Years Ago

Thanks, Jack. As soon as I saw BR's recent post I knew I had to say something about it. Luckily, I.. read more

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