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

This American poem from the 1960s, brought to life by Chinese artwork, brings the beauty of relationships and heartbreak of war.

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.