"The Girl in the Photograph"
(In response to Kim Phuc's commentary, 
The Los Angeles Times, December 24, 2003)

Your name has been heard…
But have you heard the name 
Of the South Vietnamese Air Force pilot
Who accidentally dropped the napalm on you?
It was a long long time ago, June 8, 1972.
Have you addressed your issue
With the "victorious" Communist Vietnam?
Has the world blamed other nations' weapons that Hitler used?
Have you heard Saddam Hussein's victims cry out for sympathy 
By misleading the world to hate America?
Please listen to an American's voice:
Kim Phuc, give my country a break!!

Linh Duy Vo
(The Boy in the Poem)
December 31, 2003

Poet's Note:
Isn't it intrusive and inappropriate for a Canadian citizen to influence the budget of America?  For your information, the pilot's name is Nguyen.

"'Napalmed Girl' on an Aid Mission"
By Kim Phuc

"As congress and the White House begin to set priorities for next year's budget, I ask policymakers in Washington not to forget the little girl in the famous photograph running down a road to escape napalm fire in Vietnam.
I am that girl, and my life changed forever that day."

The Los Angeles Times, Wednesday, December 24, 2003




A Mission


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