We promise one another /
poems from an Asian war
Walton 's Recreation Camp
a poem by CỬU LONG
Below are excerpts from a poem entitled ' Walton ' s Recreation Camp ' which was written by a Vietnamese from Vũng Tàu who uses the pen name Cửu Long . The writer sent it to the newspaper Tin Sáng which printed the poem in its entirety . The poet said this poem was written on the first anniversary of the day the two American astronauts landed on the moon . The editor of Tin Sáng , in his introduction to the poem , laments that the great scientific advancements of modern times have not been followed by a refinement of man's conscience .
( Don Luce ' s note ) .
Hawkins , Anderson , Don Luce
You have seen with your own eyes
Many cruel sights ;
And you have heard with your own ears
The soft voices in prison
of youthful girls ,
of old white haired women ,
of " Communists " monks ,
of the lamb of peace .
Sixteen years of our allies have been here ,
A hundred anf fifty months of suffering terrible disgraces :
" Movies " * of Chí Hòa ,
The graveyard of Tân- Hiệp ;
Dachau , Auschwitz ?
Bachenwald , Mauthausen ?
* A room called the movie room at Chí Hòa Prison is famous for being
the place where prisonners are tortured .
( Don Luce 's note ) .
( from WE PROMISE ONE ANOTHER / POEMS FROM AN ASIAN WAR -
Piblished by the Indochina Moblie Education Porject , Washington, D. C. 1971 ).