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Thich Quang Duc,
Vietnamese Socrates 

by Drew Logan


 

They said you were drugged

They said you were a communist 

They said you were a senile old man
 
 

They said nothing about your spirit

They said nothing about your courage

They said nothing about your compassion
 
 

Downtown Saigon, corner of

   Phan Dinh Phung and Le Van Duyet

Mid-day the eleventh of June, Nineteen Sixty-Three

   in front of the entire world-Self Immolation
 
 

Lam Van Tuc, the seven year old boy 

   gave up life as he knew it to become a monk

Tich Quang Duc, the sixty-seven year old monk

   gave up life as he knew it to become a saint
 
 

They talked about dominoes

They talked about communist

They talked about freedom
 
 

They said nothing about civil war

They said nothing about Buddhist

They said nothing about oppression 
 
 

Downtown Saigon, corner of

    Phan Dinh Phung and Le Van Duyet

Mid-day the eleventh of June, Nineteen Sixty-Three

    in front of the entire world-Self Immolation

 


 
 


 

At the Venerable Thich Quang Duc Monastery

    Melbourne, Australia

You are an admirable historical personage, 

    a legend
 
 

They said you were an ordinary monk

They said you were insane

They said you did it for the TV coverage
 
 

They never said you wrote a letter

They never said Buddhist were being persecuted

They never said Director of Rituals of the United

    Vietnamese Buddhist Congregation
 
 

Downtown Saigon, corner of

    Phan Dinh Phung and Le Van Duyet

Mid-day the eleventh of June, Nineteen Sixty-Three

   in front of the entire world-Self Immolation
 
 

Your great heart and your great letter are both

   preserved

Still Buddhist are persecuted in Vietnam My head

   at your feet

 

 Drew Logan
drewlogan@ravenet.com

 

 



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