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The Unknown

VIETNAM | Saturday, 23 October 2004 | Views [392]

The Unknown

War Remnants Museum
Saigon, Viet Nam

I fell in love with your picture -
those eyes so pale
pallid scruff of mud-streaked beard
cigarette idle
taste of blood gone stale.

But it's there in your eyes - that fear
drowning in memory
It's there in your eyes
dreading the life you can't see

Your face turns to work -
mortar rocks the shores
hateful weapons clutched in hand
cigarette fallen -
taste of blood ignored

You jump to your guns -
prayers unfurled
battered helmet strapped too tight
heartbeat pounding
slicing bullet unheard

But it's there in your eyes - that fear
truth from a heart undone
It's there in your eyes
dreading the end that will come

I fell in love with your picture
must return to reality
but it's there in those eyes
and now they haunt mine -
the pain of memory

© Wendy Allen 2004

Tags: vietnam, Writings (true or otherwise, poetry or prose)

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