The Roar of the Lion King
(Dedicated to the stripped EP-3E airplane and her American crew)

Under the moonlight
His cub lies wounded.
The airstrip of Hainan
Came alive with howling hyenas.

Linh Duy Vo
(The Boy in the Poem)
Good Friday, 13 April 2001

The Boston Globe -- April 12, 2001

"...U.S. commercial satellite photos showed a row of trucks lined up beside the plane, suggesting the Chinese military had been searching and stripping the American aircraft."


Echoes from the South China Sea

April Fools', 2001
A sea of souls of Vietnamese refugees 
Gathered on the ocean floor:
"Welcome pilot Wang Wei
We are glad you joined
We are the ghosts known as Boat People
Tell us about you..."
"It was an accident in the sky
It's like a soccer game
I intercepted the ball,
Taking it to the goalie
I twisted my ankle, I fell."
The children, women, surrounded pilot Wang Wei
"So who's at fault?"
"Of course, me, the active player.
My coach wanted an apology from the ball
To save face
It backfired.
It's my sportsmanship that I am to lose.
My Chinese politburo want to fool the world and themselves
They want a chance to host the 2008 Olympics
And they have no sportsmanship.
But there's still a chance
China must not keep the Americans hostage
Even the Chinese risked their lives,
Escaped to the American shores of freedom.
I am now a Ghost.
I'm telling the truth."

Linh Duy Vo
(The Boy in the Poem)
April 6. 2001



A Mission


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