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Friday, April 17, 2015


How long does it take,
I wonder,
for a war to become
a tourist attraction?
What’s the rotation time,
I ponder,
for foxholes to fill in,
become reconciled with villages?
How drawn out the years,
I muse,
before land-mined rice paddies
return to a timeless Shangri-La?
For the Vietnamese,
far removed from the American War,
time is not the issue,
as they play the long game.
But looking ahead,
turning forward,
how long will it take
before the tourists become
an even bigger enemy?

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