I loved China Beach, as a boy and its opening
theme tune- Miss Ross belting out her light voice;
Reflections of the way life used to be, reflections of…
I was too young then to understand anything deeper
than the melody that rose in me while the meaning
of an age then that had barely left any marks
for time to reflect on later, after.
Youth is too light, like her voice was, to be consumed
by thoughts of things concerned with used to be.
They were lovers and friends and mores and lesses
playing other tunes by the shorefront firelight-
reflections in the flames. All heat and hazy.
But there was a war too, of course, for these medics
and the soldiers they were saving while I pondered
free love and long youth
but now, looking back on the way life used to be
a week ago, a month ago, I see how, even then,
a nurse could rise to be a hero.
And so she sings; Through the hallow of my tears I see a dream…
All words by Damien B Donnelly.
Photograph of China Beach TV Series cast pulled from the internet