20th Anniversary of Reunification Banner, Hanoi, Vietnam


In Saigon
The anniversary
Twenty years ago
A domino had toppled

Now, joy and smiles
Such beautiful smiles
Even for the Americans
Once enemies, welcomed now as friends

Twenty years again
America revisits Castro’s Cuba
A domino once too close to home
Now markets opened, people flowing

Looking forward
Another twenty
I wonder
How we’ll see Islam
That domino now falling

I suppose I’ll wonder then
As I wonder now
Was all that hate and mayhem
All that slaughter and bile


20th Anniversary of Reunification Banner
Hanoi, Vietnam

Taken during travels, 1995

Every time
History repeats itself
The price goes up