Lost His Sense of Humor in the War

© 1999 Earl Vickers

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Deadly wordplay at point-blank range had no effect
Laughter-seeking missiles never found him
If comedy were torture, he would not confess
Jokes exploded harmlessly all around him

Lost his sense of humor in the war
Lost his sense of humor in the war
Ain’t nothing funny any more
Lost his sense of humor in the war

He told us stories and poetry he knew by heart
but his laughter stayed hidden in some dark place
Even memories of enemies blown apart
could barely bring a painful smile to his face

In the mountains of Greece, 1941
a country animal doc fought the Nazi machine
He never said too much when we were young
When we grew older, Mother proudly explained:

He brought donkeys and pack mules back to health again
Three winters he survived, no supplies left
He fed starving horses to starving men
Don’t take him wrong, he just forgot how to laugh

Lost his sense of humor in the war
Lost his sense of humor in the war
Ain’t nothing funny any more
Lost his sense of humor in the war
Lost his sense of humor in the war

 

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