Long Black Wall - Michael Jerling

    A Green Beret came to talk to us
    Gave a slide show in the gym
    Told about the Communists and the Punji sticks
    I thought I'd like to be like him
    A Long Black Wall, and nothing is undone
    A Long Black Wall, sleeping in the sun

    Chicago summer 1968
    some high school kids out on a lark
    Waved to the cameras on the evening news
    and got teargassed in Lincoln Park
    A Long Black Wall, and nothing is the same
    A Long Black Wall, shining in the rain

    Everyone in college was against the war
    We had long hair and Nixon stunk
    Draft number high, draft number low
    Stayed out all night and got real drunk

    The Vets came back on the GI Bill
    In their field jackets and jeans
    Drank black coffee and smoked cigarettes
    And never spoke of what they'd seen
    A Long Black Wall, and nothing left to say
    A Long Black Wall, so many mi les away

    The man on TV said ten years had gone
    Today a monument was raised
    And when they spoke each name one at a time
    The roll of dead took four whole days
    A Long Black Wall, and nothing is the same
    A Long Black Wall, over fifty thousand names
    A Long Black Wall, and nothing is undone
    A Long Black Wall, sleeping in the sun...

    1982 by Michael Jerling
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