Now in a commemorative hardcover edition from Master Wings Publishing, LLC, TAPS ON THE WALLS is a
remarkable and unique testament to the courage and resilience of the American spirit published concurrent
with the 40th Anniversary of the release of the Hanoi Hilton inmates. Each piece is a resounding expression
of freedom, originally committed to memory and shared with fellow prisoners only in code, a testament to one
patriotic soldier’s determination to keep his connection to country, family, and to his fellow servicemen.
Foreword by Senator John McCain.
TAPS ON THE WALLS:
Poems from the Hanoi Hilton
by John Borling, Major General, USAF, Ret.
How did a prisoner of war survive six years and eight months of soul-crushing imprisonment
in the Hanoi Hilton during the Vietnam War? By writing poetry. And how did he do it without pencil or paper?
Then-Captain John Borling "wrote" and memorized poems to keep his mind sharp and spirits up.
He shared his creations with fellow captives by their only means of communication—the forbidden POW tap code.
Rapping on the cell walls with his knuckles, he tapped poems, certainly of pain and despair, but also of humor,
encouragement, and hope, to keep everyone’s strength and spirits alive.
With a foreword by fellow POW Senator John McCain, TAPS ON THE WALLS: POEMS FROM THE HANOI HILTON
contains all the poems General Borling created during his confinement. You will read remarkable stories of
endurance, life lessons, and means to achieve personal triumph.
The pen is truly mightier than the sword. No matter that the pen was only a mind and scarred
knuckles ,and the sword, painful and interminable captivity.