Buckle Your Dust–Vietnam Jabberwocky (NaPoWriMo 2016)

Published April 17, 2016 by kdorholt

* The prompt asked us to write a poem based on a dictionary of specific terms. I found this dictionary of terms from the Vietnam War which, like the war itself, made no sense to me. From there “Jabberwocky” sprang to mind, so I wrote a Vietnam Jabberwocky. It doesn’t make sense. It’s not supposed to.

Boondoggle and the boo coo bro
Did bail and bird dog ba bac si
All blooker were the beaten zone
And bird the bac si de

Beware the boonierat, my son,
The Bonita, the bush bronco
Beware the bust caps, everyone
Buckle your dust bravo.

Claymore and clacker for Cho
Capping Cong and Cheap Charlie
Crispy critters on cyclo
Chop chop cumshaw your CG

Diddy-bopping didi mau
Double veteran dap DP
Daily daily dinky dau
Dung lai! Here’s the DMZ

Fire fight! Fire fight! Oh, five flechette
Finger charge the Fire Track
Fragging frag in flack jacket
Foo gas the flaky FO back

Heat tabs in Ho Chi Minhslippers
Howitzer the hot Huey
Hooch girls and the honey-dippers
Hard-striped sergeant Hercules

Boondoggle and the boo coo bro
Did bail and bird dog ba bac si
All blooker were the beaten zone
And bird the bac si de

 

Dictionary Source: http://www2.iath.virginia.edu/sixties/HTML_docs/Resources/Glossary/Sixties_Term_Gloss_A_C.html

 

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