"From Dark to Light"
An Original Poem by Owen F. Devlin
Dedicated to all who still wait to come home.
30th anniversary of my return from Vietnam
|I faced death
and don't know why,
I'm the one
who did not die.
Many are gone
some whom I knew,
Why am I
one of the chosen few.
I sought the answer everywhere:
the land, the sea, the sky,
And still no answer anywhere,
why I did not die.
My friends, my family, all who care
are surely there for me,
Why is it they can't understand
this haunting mystery.
|Only those who've made the trek|
Who've faced it day by day,
Can really know the random game
That gruesome death will play.
The answer has to lie beyond
the realm of humankind,
We have to look beyond ourselves
the answer there to find.
Somewhere, someone sees the path
where all who've gone have trod,
For me I found the answer
when I gave it up to God.
© 1997-2002, Owen F. Devlin, All Rights Reserved
(Veterans and friends: just ask and I will grant permission to copy this poem.)