left behind the iron curtain in Vietnam)
A former South
Vietnamese surgeon and officer
Saw his beloved
Saigon being invaded
His world was
turned upside down
turned the whole land communistic.
Dr. Trai, his
name, found a niche in the new regime
himself to be just apolitical
Doing his best
to be a healer,
American-educated knowledge to all.
He let his
surgeon’s knife flow like an angel
twins are about to be free
The cries of
freedom echo from the two tiny hearts
In his mind, he
saw the beginning of a journey…
When will my
South Vietnam be cut free again?
Let my people
have their own Saigon
blue skies hug the temples and churches,
No more slavery
to be seen in the beloved horizon…
Linh Duy Vo
(The Boy in the Poem)
Memorial Day 1998 ©
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