I've been thinking about Thich Quang Duc in Saigon in 1963 when Diem's thugs attacked the monasteries & about the ongoing situation in Burma. James Wimberly catches the moral & political issues clearly in this post at the RBC. I'd go further than Wimberly in my defense of the Vietnamese revolution, but that's not really the subject of his post . . .

Author: jd

Joseph Duemer is Professor of Literature Emeritus at Clarkson University in northern New York state. His most recent book of poems is Magical Thinking from Ohio State University Press. Since the mid-1990s he has spent a good deal of time in Vietnam, mostly Hanoi. He lives with his wife Carole & five terriers (four Jack Russells & one Patterdale) on the stony bank of the Raquette River in South Colton.

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    They’re shooting monks in Burma again
    the next thirty-six hours are critical
    I look at their faces on the screen

    and though I don’t see mine among them
    I see we are all caught up in dreaming
    staring at the skulls coming down the streets
    reciting the lotus sutra for miles and miles

    if even for a moment
    I have entered extinction
    it will be as though I was
    scattering flowers

    how much more so
    giving a wide berth to arrogant minds
    will I respond to your faces with joy.

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