Faye Sizemore

PHOTOGRAPH

You are a VC terrorist in an old photograph
… looking at you… I see you are just a girl…
(the average soldier in Vietnam was just nineteen)
so young… so very pretty
beautiful terrified eyes…
realizing…
your own death is very near
Looking at you in this picture of long ago…
should I feel pity…
or regret…
How many lives
were lost because of you
and how many would be saved
by your death
I regret all those lost in that war…
but still I wonder…
was death dealt you quicker and more humane
than the deaths you may have caused
and was it any more noble
for you to die for your cause
than it was for me to die for mine…