A dragon breathing on our shore
this moonless night.


On board the river repair boat barge I was stationed on, a civilian engineer developed flame throwers for a patrol boat called the Monitor which was patterned and named after an American Civil War rivercraft of the same name, that boat being one of the world's first metal boats. The flamethrower would spit out streams of flame that charred everything in its reach. The monitors were dragons hungry for human flesh.






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