I SAW A VETERAN YESTERDAY
I saw a veteran yesterday
at the Albuquerque VA.
He had that thousand yard stare,
looked through me as though I wasn't there.
I didn't know this vet
but his eyes were set
on some scene of the past,
which forever shall last.
Could be that it was Nam
where his eyes were fixed,
remembering the slaughter
where the Viet cong tricked.
He was all alone at the VA
but he was miles and miles away
in his confused and battered mind
Speaking to him would be unkind.
The war scenes which come to us
change the focus of our eyes;
time warp in reverse fix our
eyes upon the pale blue skies!
The health providers inside the VA
cannot take those scenes away,
for memories have engraved the mind
in leaving realities far behind.
And so I salute old vets
who aren't home yet,
with their thousand yard stare
they can't find a home anywhere!
©071806 C. Douglas Caffey