pinto 1977

they checked my teeth
looked into my eyes
x-rayed my chest
but they didn't look into my head
I said no to everything
signed a paper
took the DD Form 214
my final pay
including government paid trans to home of record (HOR)
it had been three years and three days
but now it was over
I was out at last
now I could go anywhere
do anything
be whatever I wanted
but I couldn't sleep
thought about it for a second
then headed out on the next patrol
into a new war zone called Detroit
I was 22
but I felt real old
real worn
little did I really know