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On The River Ben Hai That Separates The War

by Raymond Keen

Streams of youth
were washing
on the banks of the Ben Hai,
near Dong Ha and Cam Lo,
on this river that separates the war.
And they were washed away
as silently as the ending
of a morning’s rain,
never to be seen again.

Raymond Keen’s first volume of poetry, Love Poems for Cannibals, was published in February 2014. His drama The Private and Public Life of King Able will be published in 2015. Since 2010, Raymond’s poems have been accepted for publication by 24 literary journals. Raymond spent three years as a Navy clinical psychologist with a year in Vietnam (July 1967 – July 1968 He worked as a school psychologist in the USA and overseas until his retirement in 2006. He lives with his wife Kemme in Sahuarita, AZ. They have two grown children.

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