(The Napalmed Face of a Friend)
This is a Celebration of
A Bilaterally Asymmetrical Beauty.
Even though only one eye remains on your face
And your smile is halved
With only your right ear
You can still hear
My stifled laughter
The undercurrent of heart-rending shakes.
Your Napalmed Face
Melted skin and flesh
Cheekbone disintergrated in the heat
Fused with eye socket.
Forgive me My Friend Dearest of All
I feel small
I cannot fathom the pain
Physical and mental
Body and soul.
But I can see in your half burnt out face
Its mirror image
The softness of your smile
That humour in your remaining eye
The sparkling light
The love of a precious life.
My Friend Dearest
You are never a casualty of war.
More than ever
The Badge of Courage
The Purple Heart
Of Human Compassion and Forgiveness.
With Tears and Smiles
The Bilateral Asymmetry of Beauty
In Your Napalmed Face.
(For A Dear Friend-A War Correspondence Reporter
South VietNam 1974)