“Tracers” by Robert Borden

Robert Borden


There’s a hard rain falling
on the road up to Hill 65
just past sundown

I am in the back of a troop truck
trying to breathe
through the sheets of water,
too tired to care
about the tracers
streaming over the truck
in red glares

I bow my head in the rain
and try to sleep

from Rattle #13, Summer 2000
Tribute to Soldier Poets


Robert Borden: “I served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War, 1968–1969. I’ve also worked as a journalist, mural artist, and photographer.”

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