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Keith Hall

Published in The National Library of Poetry 1995: Editor's Choice Award
Keith died 27 August 1998 from liver cancer.

Keith Hall

We don't know why
We don't even understand
But always seem to cry
But seem to wear a shield
To help keep the face dry
Always seemed to be happy
Tried hard to hide the pain
The pain that comes at night
And the pain that comes in heavy rain
The pain in pictures that
Aren't really there
But seems so real that you knew
You were there
No I don't understand
The killing, the horror, the shame
That even today is destroying my brain
To Viet-nam we went
From Viet-nam we came
And try as we may to accept all
The shame and the pain

-Keith Hall
United States Army 67-68

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