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Rains of the Past

          How strange my life now seems
          Though older still haunted by the dreams
          Things I put behind me years ago
          Now come back and sadden me so

          Trying to forget the past is a useless task
          As I grow much older extremely fast
          Questions still weigh upon my mind
          Seeking answers I wish not to find
          Coming home 40 years ago with pain
          Wanting to lock away the jungle and the rain
          That ever present rain that soaked the soul
          Steaming hot the air but the rain so cold

          Never losing that feeling of single loneliness
          Searching through the dark for brothers in arms to trust
         Memories of the ones lost still fresh
         Knowing we all tried our best

          An almost forgotten war in history
          So many not knowing its mystery
          Soon we that fought in that distance place
          Will fade and disappear without a trace

          History books will try to explain that Vietnam war
          You can not grasp what we have had to endure
          Unless you were there in the rain at night
          Cold shivering and so full of fright

                                                              Edwin J. Smith
                                                         The Old Cowboy Poet

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