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« on: September 09, 2007, 05:41:05 AM »

I wrote this and dedicated it to all the boys who didn't make it home...

At night
no one could see us
at night we thought
no one would catch us
at night...

suddenly a rumour from the bush
close
real close

take cover
stand down
be careful
...retreat

it's time now
it's time for me
i'm done
down
it's cold, so cold

rumours
cries
shots
at night

it's time, again
i can se all
i now recall

i can see them running
i can sense them
i can feel them
it's time to leave
them

but please
please
mother, father,
brother, sister
wife
...son...

live your life
every second deeply
be there
please
remember
who i was
live for me

...live me.
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« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2007, 02:50:05 PM »

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I wrote this and dedicated it to all the boys who didn't make it home...
Very powerfully done and appreciated, Paul.  I'm glad you let us share in it.  "Live for me" . . . this spiritual concept has been with me for a good part of my post-Vietnam life.  I think there is a special responsibility born by us who did make it home.

Have you considered contributing this work to the The Wall - USA, Literary Section?  This is a site maintained by veterans of the 4th Battalion 9th Infantry Regiment.  See http://thewall-usa.com/literary.asp

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« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2007, 04:56:46 PM »

Hey, RR

I'm touched by your appreciation... i knew that only who's been there could do that.
I'll consider your suggestion.
I know well that site and i reguarly surf it. Maybe one day i'll be able to get to washington to touch that wall personally.
I well understand the "responsibility" you are talking about... very well.

Maybe it seems a bit strange an italian guy feeling soooo close to that war.
It's strange to me too.
...but i'm a crystal. When i feel something deeply, i show it.

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« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2007, 07:24:37 PM »

Maybe it seems a bit strange an italian guy feeling soooo close to that war.

Tu sei Italiano d'Italia, o Italiano Americano?   LOL
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« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2007, 01:53:43 AM »

Italiano originale  Wink
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« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2007, 11:36:19 PM »

Italiano originale  Wink

Va bene.   Io parlo Italiano un po, pero non e buono.   

Da dove in Italia tu sei? 

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« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2007, 05:17:18 AM »

Don't worry. I love taling in english.
I'm in the northern part of Italy, near Milan.
Exactly in Torino (Turin for you) the 2006 Winter Olypics town.

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« Reply #7 on: September 12, 2007, 09:06:56 AM »

Don't worry. I love taling in english.

Capisco.  E io ho bisogno di tirocinio con Italiano LOL

[/quote] I'm in the northern part of Italy, near Milan.  Exactly in Torino [/quote]

Conosco Torino.  Io visito Torino una volta.  Io ricordo "Superga", dove I genti di calcio morti.   Faccio vacanza in Italia tre volte.  Mi piace Italia molta Smiley

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« Reply #8 on: September 13, 2007, 04:24:08 AM »

It's cool you know my town. Torino is the most underestimated town in Italy.
But it's a fine place to stay, lots of green parks, lots of rivers and fine mountains.
Somewhere (and somehow) it looks like (or recalls) Paris, in fact, during the 19th century, it was called "the little Paris", due to its strange similarity with the french town.

The history of Superga it's quite bizarre.
This baroque church basilica was first constructed in 17th century and then implemented with a large monastry behind.
A few years befor the end of WWII this accident signed Superga as the scenery of the airplane disaster for the "torino football team".
The team still today has difficulties recovering.
Behind this, Superga's basilica is one of the symbols of my town. The Main one is the Anotnelli's Mole (another very bizare building born as a jewish sinagogue and then sold to the town of Turin).
I don't know if you are aware that the italian shoes brand "superga" was once in Torino and took this name as an omage for that sad airplan crush.

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« Reply #9 on: September 13, 2007, 07:38:21 AM »

Made a brief pass through Italy last October.  Coming from Slovenia with our daughter and husband, we made the usual tourist stop at Venezia, then one night in Vicenza, and back up through Bolzano to Innsbrueck.

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« Reply #10 on: September 16, 2007, 12:44:55 PM »

It's cool you know my town. Torino is the most underestimated town in Italy.
But it's a fine place to stay, lots of green parks, lots of rivers and fine mountains.
Somewhere (and somehow) it looks like (or recalls) Paris, in fact, during the 19th century, it was called "the little Paris", due to its strange similarity with the french town.

We went up the tower there too, but the haze/overcast was so bad we couldn't see anything.  I remember spending a lot of time in different cafes with freinds.  We also enjoyed the night life  Grin  It was quite a nice visit.  We visited the Headquarters of FIAT but I didn't find this too interesting.  It was in Torino that I had real gelato for the first time.  Now that is something very special.

While staying in Torino we also went to Valle D'Aosta and the top of Mont Blanc.  I remember the mountain streams were a characteristic milky white.  We visited Asti and the wine country.  We were in Torino for about a week and it was quite a nice visit.  I enjoyed it very much. 
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« Reply #11 on: September 16, 2007, 02:45:16 PM »

I'm glad you appreciated my town so much.
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« Reply #12 on: September 17, 2007, 12:09:04 AM »

I'm glad you appreciated my town so much.
Smiley

Your town and your country.  We are thinking about making another visit to Italy in the spring.  I hope we get to.  It has been a few years since I was last there and I would very much like to see more of Italy.  I have never been further South than Monte Cassino.  I would like to visit Napoli and later even Sicilia.  I absolutely Love Venezia.  Very Romantic  Wink  But you have to go in the off season or it is completely over run with tourists  LOL
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« Reply #13 on: September 17, 2007, 03:58:17 AM »

I'm planning a visit to your country for next summer.
I'd like to fly first to Washington to touch the wall 'cause it's a thing i feel i have to do.
Then i'd like to see other places but it's all still at the "drawing board"...  Smiley
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« Reply #14 on: September 17, 2007, 02:56:52 PM »

I'm planning a visit to your country for next summer.
I'd like to fly first to Washington to touch the wall 'cause it's a thing i feel i have to do.
Then i'd like to see other places but it's all still at the "drawing board"...  Smiley

I hope it all works out.  I have been to the wall a few times and it is a very somber feeling standing there.  More moving than any other monument I have been to in the USA.  Of course, the problem for you is that the USA is very big.  Going from one major city to another is not like doing it in Italy.  Everything here that you will want to see is quite far apart. 

When I go to Europe I always get a Eurail pass and travel by rail.  I love European rail travel.  The only way to get around Europe.  This even saves on hotel costs because I take a lot of overnight trains.  The Pendolino is an interesting train too.  I took that from Venezia to Roma once.  Here there is nothing like that.  You either drive or fly.  Fortunately New York is not far from Washington DC, so that is not too bad.  That is one of the few places in the US where you can travel efficiently by train.  If you want to see other major cities then plan on spending money on airplane tickets because it is the easiest way to get around.  If you book your ticket far enough in advance, it is not that expensive to fly though.  No worse than train prices in Europe without a Eurail pass I would say. 

I know a German student who came to New York, bought a junk car for a few hundred dollars, drove it across country and then abandoned it at the Air Port in Las Angeles.  He spent one month driving across the USA and saw everything he wanted to see for very cheap.  The problem is that he did that just before 9-11.  It is probably not possible as a foreigner to register a car so easily anymore and do something similar.   LOL
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