firefly -
bathing the village
with light


Cobra gunships are American military helicopters equipped with mini-guns, a weapon capable of shooting 500 rounds per minute. Every third shell is a tracer. When fired at night, it looked like something was watering the countryside with light. Nightly, the gunships scoured the countryside, killing whatever came in their way, indiscriminately. From far off, they looked like fireflies.






Vietnam Ruminations - Robert D. Wilson
Copyright Robert D. Wilson, 2003