We Promise One Another..
Don Luce introduced
B U L L E T S
M i ê n Đ ứ c T h ắ n g *
Oh , the allied countries have given our people
Bright pretty bullets made of copper !
The Vietnamese people need food and clothing ,
So generous allies increase their aid ,
And supply us with more bright pretty bullets ;
The Vietnamese strave to death ,
They cannot eat a million bright pretty bullets ,
We , father and son each other
under flying bullets ,
We , brothers , meet each other
under the flying cannonballs ,
We , fellow villagers , meet each other
under the guns in the square ;
In the name of peace
The allies support the two regions
With the bullets of their civilization .
MIÊN ĐỨC THẮNG .
* a young Vietnamese composer .
( from WE PROMISE ONE ANOTHER / poems from an Asian war , selected,
translated by DON LUCE, JOHN SCHAFER & JACQUELYN CHAGNON
- Published by The Indochina Moblie Education Project, Washington, D, C. 1971)