Poem written by Pearl Kell
on July 25, 1966.THE UNITED STATES MARINES
5TH MARINE REGIMENT
SAIGONODE TO THE U. S. MARINES
If this paper reaches you
If you have a moment free,
Will you read the words I pen
From deep within the heart of me?
In tears I read about Saigon
And Captives who were killed,
Oh brave youth of the battlefield
Whose life has now been stilled.
I walk alone this summers night
In silence and a prayer,
For Leathernecks who are dead
And now climb Gods golden stair.
If somehow I could voice the thought
To each young brave Marine
Id tell him that I understand
Cold death from a machine!
I grieve for the blood-soaked man
In pain that welcomes death!
I grieve for the hell of strife
That takes away your breath!
Oh words of mine are futile,
They only fill a page
In tribute to the U. S. Marines- -
The victors of this age.
The headline of the story that prompted Pearl Kell to write her poem.