Poems In The Keys Of Lifeby Kerry Doc Pardue
I have been many things over the past 57 years of my life. I have been a brother, son, friend, husband, father, soldier, medic, police officer, detective, letter carrier, college recruiter, grandfather, and now, poet. These poems are a reflective journey to find healing after the war in Vietnam. Thirty-five years ago I was a combat medic. When I came home, I was… See more details below
I have been many things over the past 57 years of my life. I have been a brother, son, friend, husband, father, soldier, medic, police officer, detective, letter carrier, college recruiter, grandfather, and now, poet. These poems are a reflective journey to find healing after the war in Vietnam. Thirty-five years ago I was a combat medic. When I came home, I was determined to put Vietnam behind me. Somehow, deep within my heart, soul, and spirit, Vietnam was a part of who and what I became. Finally, my journey to healing began, and these poems are the result of that journey, 35 years later. They will make you cry, laugh, and appreciate friendships. They are my road map to a place I call home. I only hope that other soldiers, medics, nurses, and doctors will be able to find a way to their home. So grab a beverage and curl up and join with me on the journey together as we find peace, hope, friendships, love and yes, even healing.
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Poet-Warriors have always gone off to fight the wars since the beginning of time. The old tradition of taking emotional and spiritual inner photos of what they experienced and felt so they could record them in poetry latter on, is still carried on by one of the most prolific of Vietnam poets. Kerry ¿Doc¿ Pardue in his first book of collective poems, published through PublishAmeica, really captures those inner snap shot memories of what it was like then and now for those who were there. Doc, as his friends and fellow vets call him, takes the reader on an emotional tour of his heart and soul. The poems are not just focused on war but speak out about the life journey that the poet has taken. In the poets own words these poems show ¿the struggle of a just war, comradeship and loss¿ a reflective journey to find healing after the War in Vietnam.¿ The poet was a combat medic and not some behind the frontlines desk jockey and when you read his poetry you make this journey with him emotionally. Some of his writings deal with his search for himself and for healing from the war. They are about recovery and hope and some will make you cry but some will bring a smile ¿ it is all about the journey. This is one of the best collections of Vietnam era poetry in one volume by one poet!
Doc Pardue served his Country with honor in Vietnam at a time when the War was being hotly contested across America. The Doc didn't have time to debate politics, as he was too busy saving lives in the middle of intense combat situations. The platoon medics, aka the 'Docs', like Kerry were the absolute front line in combat medical care, and these unforgettable poems put you right there, among the punji stake pits, the bouncing betty mines and the VC snipers. Yet while this is one rightly proud American combat vet, the Doc is also a gentle and gracious man, who can even find compassion and respect for an Enemy, as in the poem 'In The Heat Of Battle'. I have had the honor of knowing Kerry for some time, ever since we connected via his stunning tribute to the female Nam Vets 'Welcome Home My Sisters', which he very kindly allowed me to include in my own Vet tribute, How To Appreciate A Vietnam Vet. The Vietnam Vets were never honored for their courage and sacrifice. There is still time to change that. Anyone wishing to understand the nature of that courage and sacrifice, would find this treasury of human experience an invaluable asset. Welcome home, Doc.
Mr Pardue is a truely amazing poet, his is a voice that America needs to hear especially now we have troops fighting again in a distant land. He has the ability to guide you into the healing that those who in a medical mission needed so much. His is a medic story that honors those that he served with. I would recommend this book to everyone. I am so glad he found his way home finally.