Christina A. Sharik

RED DUST

Red Dust –
everywhere –
in all the pictures that you see.
On their faces
on their clothes
on their boots
in their hair –
everywhere.
Red Dust
mixed with Red Blood
makes Red Mud –
Red dirt as far as you can see.
I think when he came home
Red Dust rubbed off on me.

Khe Sanh SVN: 1968
At Khe Sanh, where the Americans were dug in, was the infamous red clay in the Wet Season,
and Red Dust in the Dry.