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Poem: Vietnam Revisited 

Vietnam Revisited
Bringing medical supplies to hospital
in Ha Tan, 1997

A man my age lies on a cot,
his brown face exposed to the wall.
Leg wounds a week old ooze.
A 30-year-old mine went off, I’m told,
he was gathering wood.

I’m asked to take his picture.
He turns with narrowed eyes,
I aim, focus,
hate fills the lens.
I close my eyes and shoot.

  • Reader-submitted poetry, curated by Phillip Levine.

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