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Nobody Gets Off the Bus:
The Viet Nam Generation Big Book

Volume 5 Number 1-4
March 1994

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Poetry by Steven W. Gomes

Common Ground

We share common ground
My father and me.
It's a small patch
Of dead grass
In the back yard
Where we throw
The cigarettes
That we smoke
Hidden from my mother
His wife.

We're veterans
Of the same war
Though we don't talk
To each other
About it.

We go to that patch
Of ground
Hidden from each other.

It's what we share
Instead of words.

Steven W. Gomes is Viet Nam Generation's Managing Editor and graphic designer. He is a Gulf War-era vet. His father served in Vietnam, in the 1st Infantry Division, 1965.

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