Terra cotta men
squat on the earth -waiting
for rain.


Captured Viet Cong were jailed in a compound on the Army side of our base in Dong Tam It was a dusty, uneven patch of dirt surrounded by barbed wire. There were no toilets, no shade, and no running water. The conditions were horrid. Prisoners squatted on the ground (the customary way of sitting for a Vietnamese peasant), their eyes glazed over, the stench of human faecal matter permeating the hot, humid air. Dirty and unkept, the prisoners looked like terra cotta statues.





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