She Waited, But He Didn’t Come Back: This Soldier’s Story Is So Sad, But Such a Blessing!

One of the most turbulent times in American history was also one of its most artistically productive. Between the Vietnam War, the civil rights era, the space race and emerging women's issues, the 1960s were a mess at home and abroad. And yet the spur of music, writing, and poetry in and with the social upheaval led to music, movies and writing that are cherished around the world to this day. The poem below, captured in American words and set to art by a Chinese artist, brings home the beauty of relationships and the heartbreak of war.

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Michael Harrell is a former staff member and current volunteer at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Federal Way, Washington. A blogger by hobby and social media manager by trade, he continues to teach the faith to ninth graders when he's not busy watching movies or theatre. He loves the Seattle Mariners, and his wife wants you to know he's married. You can follow him on Twitter.