Bridging The Gap
There is a broken bridge that they call America
between the people and their government.
Stressed out cracked TV’s, broken fractured newspapers
with jagged concrete facts that they call Iraq.
There’s a broken bridge between our Soldiers
and what they were told they were fighting for.
There is a broken bridge across the Euphrates river
like a broken bridge across the Mississippi too.
Rivers of darkness and light that flow
a lightning bolt currents dark and dangerous,
pieces of humans lay at the bottom and who is responsible,
who does not care at all as the rain and sand
fall like teardrops trying to see through the murky waters,
trying to find a way out, trying to stop the bleeding,
trying to kill the cause and Americans
stand and watch the horror of civilization
pounded by combat boots, they want to stop it
but they doubt it like by voting the war away.
Captain Amerika still acting like superman,
the Statue of Liberty is cracking like the economy,
who cares about a war debt, put it on a Chinese credit card,
green back dollars going down and down drowning
another bridge falling into the water.
To the energy poor depression crashed civilians
of a war wreck they once called America,
the Answer is within our Soldiers
when they come back from another tour.
The Answer is within Americans
when they stand behind the Soldiers
when they refuse to deploy on a no way next tour.
– Dennis Serdel, Vietnam 1967-68 (one tour) Light Infantry, purple heart