To those who are considered heroes

“If you are able, save for them
a place inside of you and save one
backward glance when you are
leaving for the places they can
no longer go.

Be not ashamed to say you loved
them, though you may or may not
have always. Take what they have
taught you with their dying and
keep it with your own.

And in that time when men
decide and feel safe to call the
war insane, take one moment
to embrace those gentle heroes
you left behind.”

~Major Michael Davis O’Donnell
1 January 1970
Dak To, Vietnam
Listed as KIA February 7, 1978