Veterans Day

Poem by a veteran from Albuquerque, Leroy Quintana.

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Poem for Our Dog Afraid of Thunder on a Rainy Day

I know what it is like to be so afraid
on a rain-soaked day such as this.

On a rain-soaked day such as this
in Vietnam I prayed fervently.

In Vietnam I prayed fervently
shivering uncontrollably in the mud.

Shivering uncontrollably in the mud
as men whose duty it was to kill me filed by.

As men whose duty it was to kill me filed by
only a little more than a yard away.

Only a little more than a yard away
on a rain soaked day such as this.

The type of day that dogs don’t understand.

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