This is a poem I wrote during the "Conflict."
NOT FAR FROM CAN-THO
Not far from Can-Tho, a woman gave birth,
In a Lambretta
That was blown off the road.
The woman gave birth to a fetus
Delivered by a mine--a command detonated mine--
Not far from Can-Tho.
Not far from Phu-Vinh, a medic was shot in the head.
A sniper's bullet smashed through the skull of a lad--
Not far from Phu-Vinh.
He is as dead as the mother and fetus not far from Can-Tho.
While people are mourning in Philadelphia,
Buddhists are demonstrating against an unpopular election in Saigon.
While Peace-niks are demonstrating against an unpopular war in Washington,
People are mourning in Phu-Vinh and Can-Tho.
How far is Saigon from Philadelphia?
How far is Washington from Can-Tho?
As far as personal grief can extend itself
Over time, distance,
CRS, 19 October 1967
Copyright © 1967 Charles R. Sheehan, all rights reserved