Tuesday, March 20, 2012

News at Eleven (Back Page): Around the time the Australian

soldier [Laurens Wildeboer] arrived in Vietnam, one of the enemy he had been sent to fight, Phan Van Ban,] paused after marching through the night. He sat, took out a pen and student's notebook and wrote a poem. He called it Letter in Spring and it was addressed to "my love who is at home".

His loved one never saw the poem and the delicate drawing that illustrated it. But the Australian did, and even though he couldn't read it, he knew a powerful part of its meaning.

from The Age: Poem to go home in spirit of peace


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