in the elephant
grass, spent shells
made of skin


Many of us in America know of someone who died in the Vietnam War. Some of my schoolmates and friends perished in combat. What almost never comes to mind, however, are the untold thousands of civilians who died during the war, including women and children. Missiles, mortar shells, napalm, boobytraps, and automatic weapon fire killed all who came across their path of fire. What I saw in South Vietnam will haunt me forever.





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