Poem One: Sour

His game of life is over.

His shirt’s pulled by his head.

He lays upon a gunjeep.

He’s one that we made dead.


In his throat is calling card

tore off of sniper shirt.

So lifeless lays his body

but we still do it dirt.


The patch of our Division

will tell for those who see

that we are mean and deadly

when we meet enemy.


And say we have no feeling

for those that we pull down.

Revel in his death today

and strut and prance around.


Then body’s dropped in Village

at thirty miles per hour.

Pushed off the hood of gunjeep

by boys that have turned sour.

(c) John Steinmeyer

Poem Two: Sealed

War is against everything

that we were taught as kids.

War takes Mother Nature

and sends her on the skids.


Truth and honesty is lost.

Compassion’s buried noon.

Denial is breath today

and we all learn it soon.


Terror swirls in cup to drink

as Death extends a hand.

Loneliness and bitter sleep

as we lay in this land.


Reason never touch our day

and questions are soon lost.

Buried in our minds this way

are those who pay the cost.


Tears no quake of bitter kids

that stare with lizard eyes.

Sealed and soaked in fractured brain

is war and all its lies.

(C) John Steinmeyer


  1. Other Side
  2. Sniffer
  3. The Fish
  4. L.C, and L.C. 2 Two gone, waiting for number three
  5. More to Come

John Steinmeyer served in Vietnam as an Infantry Sergeant with the 9th division in the Mekong Delta, then was transferred to the 25th Division and served the last half of his tour in a sniper team.

Thuy Smith’s father (Vietnam Veteran) and Vietnamese mother along with Thuy were friends of John and his family. This will be the first post of a collection of poems that John wrote of his many experiences during his time in Vietnam. The collection is titled – The Rain. Thuy Smith (TSOI) was given permission to share his poems on all of TSOI’s media platforms, etc.

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