Red Cross

   emily
  donut dollie

Red Cross

dead bodies on the side of the road;
freshly killed, bloody, grotesque VC bodies
to remind others that
VC are not welcome in this village

i’m glad they are dead;
dead VC can no longer kill;
just two dead gooks on the side of the road
as we pass by in our jeep

returning
i see the bodies
now propped up against a tree,
legs crossed,
cigarette dangling from one’s mouth;
posed as casually as dolls
by little girls
in preparation for a tea party

i find it funny,
laugh out loud;
i want to take a picture
but defer to preserve
the "Donut Dollie" image

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i should have known then
that the little girl within me
who had once posed dolls for tea parties,
who had hated the killing and dying
before she went to war,
had also died

she was as surely dead
as the VC bodies on the side of the road

1998

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See also, Emily's other spot in cyberspace:
An American Red Cross Donut Dollie with the 9th Infantry Division and Mobile Riverine Force in VIETNAM

My Vietnam Related Websites:
The Irish on the Wall ~ An effort to locate the Irish who died in Vietnam

Tim O'Brien's Home Page ~ National Book Award Winner and Americal Vet


All About Vietnam    ~ Books about Vietnam for sale thru Amazon Worldwide!