POEM: Hanoi

of egg coffee and banh mi

to rocky islands in the sea

tiny, tidy market stalls

to the mammoth shopping malls

once a town in ruin and rubble

I saw not an ounce of past troubles

maybe a bullet-pocked citadel

though it be true that war is hell

it’s also a terrible liar

as if the world could be remade through blood and fire.

DAILY PHOTO: Japanese Covered Bridge, Hoi An

Taken in December of 2015 in Hoi An.

Built in the 1590’s by the Japanese to connect the Japanese and Chinese quarters.

DAILY PHOTO: Saigon Choppers

CH-47 Chinook at the War Remnants Museum; Taken in December of 2015 in Saigon

UH-1 “Huey” atop the Independence Palace

DAILY PHOTO: A Ride Back in Time Through Post Offices

Mumbai, Taken in July of 2018

Post offices, like libraries, aren’t as lively as they once were. So it’s like a ride in a time machine to see the past grandiosity of these institutions.

Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Taken in December of 2015.