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It’s Not So Pretty in Emerald City

It’s Not So Pretty in Emerald City

Emerald City, to the casual observer, projects nothing but grace and splendor but hiding around the corners are unwelcome offenders.

They sleep under overpasses and hide in doorways.

They’re always on the move, not because they want to, but because they’re told to.

Homeless veterans are the hardest to witness.

We armed them and commanded them to Defend Us

Upon their return home they became homeless and defenseless.

Our government responds with the following indifference:

“You did your job and no longer needed. You say you can’t find a job and you’re homeless? Don’t look at us we’re blameless.

We’re starting new wars so don’t distract us. You’re all washed up and inactive and you’re no longer attractive.

So make our day by getting out of our way.”

A Poem by Jack Doxey
San Diego Veterans For Peace

About jackdoxey

Jack is an Army combat veteran from the Korean War. He served in Korea in 1953 with the 7th Regiment, 3rd. Infantry Division. He retired from the Hewlett Packard Company in 1991. After retirement, Jack owned and operated a management consultant business. He’s presently Vice President of the Veterans for Peace (VFP) San Diego Chapter. The VFP pledges to use non violent means to achieve peace.

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