A Poem Five Years Later
With resonant images in the poem
I wrote the morning of September 11th, 2001,
I have resolved that I will never put away my pen
I resolve to voice the stupidity of those who want to kill Americans
Who are you, my enemy?
You call me an American infidel?
Where did I come from?
I came from Saigon, South Vietnam
Three decades have passed since the war ended
Please look hard at the face of your countrymen
America has been a blessing to them
They resolved to embrace this land as their adopted land
America has bestowed on them her gift of naturalized U.S. citizenship
Are you a Muslim?
So are they.
Are you proud of your culture?
It has blended in our American way of life
All have become one:
"E Pluribus Unum"
Where do you stand in this Planet Earth?
Oh, is my head worth anything?
You may behead me now
I will hold no grudges
If you just let it be a symbol of sacrificial offering of Peace.
Once and for all…
Linh Duy Vo
September 11, 2006©
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