Thursday, January 26, 2017

What is Torture

What is Torture
Danang 1965

when the eyes of the dead
rise among weeds!
What is amber
when transparency clouds
my blood with red!
What is an aura
when in the distance
the jungle tightens the rain
and loads the legs
of mutilated bodies
on my back!

If war had not come to me
like a clandestine night of a capture,
I would be naked
and asleep on the sands
of China Beach.

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