Vietnam War Anthology

By Cory Butlin

Who am I?

I fought in the Vietnam war. It was a terrible experience over there, fighting, and losing mates. I wasn't ready for the reception when I got home. 20 years on and I am still recovering. This is my journey to recovering.
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Newspaper comic strip:

I would write angry comic strips to news papers all over Australia. The injustice I received was shocking and made me angry. I wanted people everywhere to know what we had gone through, and to fight for us.
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My drawings:

As many Vietnam soldiers, I too suffered from PTSD. I had to see a councillor 2 times a week at one point in time. I couldn't sleep, because of the nightmares that haunted me. My councillor asked me to draw the things of my nightmares. I used to dream of this every night.

My songs:

Given up


Wake in a sweat again

Another day's been laid to waste

In my disgrace


Stuck in my head again

Feels like I'll never leave this place

There's no escape


Viet congs my enemy


I've given up

I'm sick of killing

Is there nothing you can say


Take this all away

I'm suffocating

Tell me what is going wrong with me


I don't know what to take

Thought I was focused but I'm scared

I'm not prepared


I hyperventilate

Looking for help somehow somewhere

And no one cares


Viet congs my enemy


I've given up

I'm sick of killing

Is there nothing you can say


Take this all away

I'm suffocating

Tell me what's going wrong

With me


VIET CONG


Put me out of my misery

Put me out of my misery

Put me out of my

Put me out of my viet cong misery


Before I went to war my mates and I loved to make up songs and sing. I lost that passion during the war but after I started to hear protest songs. It inspired me to write my own protest song.

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My poems:

Violations

Indochina

Ending many lives

Taunting, threatened, trapped

Never ever sleeping

Agent orange

Mates