‘This is not a jungle war but a struggle for freedom on every front of human activity.’
Lyndon B. Johnson, US President, 1963-1969
From the silent village on Hill 192,
a girl is torn by soldiers into
darkness and raped many times: discarded,
dead, with Coke cans and expensive shell cases.
All but one of the men shake the landscape
with her screams. Imagining her horror,
its hugeness, knowing its fear, he suffers,
saves it for somewhere of tomorrows,
legality – and vilification.
Though, in the discarded subways of home,
girls are held open and torn, in the quiet
counties of peace, sisters, mothers
of poor, murdering boys know instant