home | honour roll | people | deployment | operations
stories | sitemap | links


    WARNING - Swear Words Below!


(A tribute to Ross H and the men of Victor 1 Company RNZIR, VietNam).

Where's me fuckin' rifle?
Where's me fuckin' pack?
Where's me fuckin' webbing?
and - where's the fuckin' track?

I'm sick of fuckin' walkin'!
I'm sick of fuckin' rain!
I'm sick of fuckin' jungle bashing!
and - I'm doin' it a-fuckin'-gain!

It's full of fuckin' noises!
It's full of fuckin' birds!
It's full of fuckin' snakes and shit!
and - it's full of fuckin' lurgs!

I hate the fuckin' Army!
I hate the fuckin' Camp!
I hate the fuckin' RSM!
and - I hate this fuckin' tramp!

Another fuckin' contact!
Another fuckin' war!
Another fuckin' body count!
and - another fuckin' score!

So - where's me fuckin' rifle?
me fuckin' webbing too!
I've found me fuckin' discharge docs!

Mike Subritzky 1972
28th ANZUK Regiment


On 23rd May 2001, in the KiwiVets email discussion group, Mike Subritzsky told the story of how his 1995 book, The Vietnam Scrapbook, was conceived over a few beers at the Picton RSA, and compiled from material contributed from many sources.

His tale of its conception was faithful to the original discussion, and contained a few swear words. He preceded it with "WARNING - Swear Words Below". A few veterans in the discussion group took exception and demanded an apology, which was immediately forthcoming.

I thought it was all a bit precious for Vietnam veterans. Felt sorry for a fellow soldier poet. Sent Mike a bit of doggerel to help cheer him up.

It was posted to the KiwiVets list with this warning of my own.

NOW, THIS IS A WARNING. It is absolutely foul, so if you decide to go there be prepared to be deeply offended. And don't say you weren't warned. And don't complain to me if you can't resist the temptation to take a peek (-:

It's at - http://maorinews.com/writings/poems/warning.htm

To which Mike responded

Kia Ora Ross,

Many thanks for the web page and personal poem. I am deeply honoured

I wrote this short verse a few years ago, but Ross, I think I'll dedicate to a just as crazy Maori chap, and his mates:

home | honour roll | people | deployment | operations
stories | sitemap | links