Borling, John 2013

Thursday, April 11, 2013

The west was a patchwork of color flung over a racing sky,
The wind was a lover’s whisper that needed no reply,
The strip was of weed-torn concrete, scarring the desert floor,
And a derelict came flying,
Flying, flying,
A derelict came flying,
Long final to zero four.

– John Borling, “The Derelict”

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Listen to an interview with John Borling about his book of poetry, “Taps on the Walls:”

I hear you walking in the night;
You think I’m fast asleep.
I know your sounds of loneliness;
I hear you pray and weep.

– John Borling, “Mommy, Where Is My Daddy?”

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Watch John Borling read and discuss his poetry for Book TV:

Book TV: Maj. Gen. John Borling,”Taps on the Walls: Poems from the Hanoi Hilton”

Maj. Gen. John Borling (USAF, Ret.) shares his experiences and the poetry he mentally composed and kept memorized during his six and a half year imprisonment at the Hanoi Hilton. Gen. Borling, who was shot down over North Vietnam in June 1966, was released on February 12, 1973.

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