Jonathan Shockley

Jonathan ShockleyJonathan is a university student in San Francisco, CA


You have two months left to deny
That you are afraid to die
That your eyes tremble – knowing poetic justice
That they show remorse and cowardice
You know what you’ve sown
You know what you reaped
Since those Vietnamese corpses were heaped
Oh, but how it could’ve grown!
That small light in your soul
Imprisoned in the monstrous illusion,
Which death now shatters
As anger disappears, embracing compassion

Author’s Note: This poem is about a guy in my building who is dying of cancer and has 2 months left to live. He told me that he volunteered to go back to Vietnam several times, and went up the Saigon river 15 times, delivering munitions, napalm etc.