From Poland to Rome to Heaven, you have left your legacy:
You have helped the victims of communism like me...

April 30th or September 11th
In loving memory of Pope John Paul II
18 May 1920 -- 02 April 2005

The officials of the Hanoi Politburo celebrate
The victory of the fall of Saigon, April 30th 1975
For the sake of propaganda,
They recruit entertainers overseas to come home
They have parades in the streets,
The music at the Saigon Square...
When the Twin Towers fell,
In the streets of Baghdad,
Saddam Hussein was holding an AK 47,
Shooting skywards to celebrate
The evaporation of a corner of liberty in the land of the free.
His followers were jumping in the streets,
Shouting anti-American slogans filled with hatred...
Or jealousy? 

Linh Duy Vo
April 02, 2005 ©


Dear Papa-San,

In loving memory of 58,000-plus souls on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, I wish to honor you and our beloved American Veterans to send this heartfelt poem  to the members of the Hanoi Politburo. 

Please tell them that America has and will always care for the ordinary, kindhearted citizens of Vietnam. They do deserve the very freedom that the members of the communist party exclusively have.

A son of a Hanoi official spends outright five thousand dollars in one night on expensive liquors, girls, dancers, and friends (as this writer has been informed). In the meantime, a doctor who works for the government's hospital earns 120 dollars a month, a teacher is paid 70 dollars; countless ordinary Vietnamese still struggle to garner a daily portion of rice and fish sauce. Overseas Vietnamese each day send home millions of dollars to help their destitute relatives.

The cries for religious freedom are being heard loud and clear as the government still controls the churches. Priests and monks are still under surveillance by the government. The Hanoi officials consider a dignified Vietnamese American not as an American but only a Vietnamese; once back in the soil of Vietnam, he or she is subject to the same undemocratic treatment as those who are still living under the regime…

Isn't it a sad story after thirty years of North Vietnamese victory?

Prayerfully yours,

Linh Duy Vo, Poet
A grateful American citizen

Dear Pope Benedict XVI




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