In sky without clouds a military drone passed by
We never used to think this odd or wonder why.
We learned of them over other lands for our security
They even photograph where our children play.
But now at our homes they invade our privacy.
Government drones can see whatever they want now
We have the right to protest but who knows how?
Innocent children, elderly, and weddings demolished
An international court should order them abolished.
Jurisdiction over war crimes some say is a slippery slope
Don’t give that authority to foreigners or you are a dope.
Many have protested having to jump through hoops
While government argues it’s cheaper than using troops.
So we can’t have any say in who or how we kill?
This is madness against thinking people’s will.
ISIS and others recruit using these abusive facts.
Why won't a world entity stop this war crime in its tracks?
We are left with having to spread the word far and wide.
You are killing innocents with drones against a rising tide.
We hope a justice tribunal will on this villainy convene
And rule these acts are cruel war crimes and obscene!
(War Crimes Tribunal "The Hague")
Daniel C. Lavery
Leaping rocks over incoming tide
I swerved the splashing ocean
Exploring the pristine island at fifteen
Crabs and fish overflowed tidal pools
Fujiyama’s snow peaked cone pierced blue sky
Giant Tombe hawks squawked and dove
Surf pounded caves under high sea cliffs
Hiking through verdant pathways
The shrine of Benzaiten playing lute appeared
Nude, milk-white, half-crossed legged
Sea Goddess revealed graphic genitals.
Shoguns and public prayed to her for success
Ancient Enoshima was sacred
In one decade cars drove on two bridges
Horns honked and exhaust fumes choked
Escalators snaked to slick viewing tower
Shrill souvenir shops thrived
Pop music blared and tobacco smoke wafted
At the rapture of the sanctuary’s subtle secret
Nature is resilient
Review of Greta Marsh’s Frankie and Jonny and Mommy too, by Daniel C. Lavery, Written for VVAW’s “The Veteran”
One kind woman’s determination to adopt a Vietnamese War orphan, make this truly an inspirational story. Written in heartfelt verse, Marsh dramatically presents the struggle of one woman to adopt a Vietnamese orphan surviving at the Govap Orphanage. She hopes to save him from the ravages of the Vietnam conflict, where his parents were victims of the outrageous My Lai Massacre. Greta, a Jewish single parent, with three girls in college, wanted to find an orphan that her thirteen year-old son, Jonny, could help grow up in Long Island N.Y. with a loving family. Frankie was the name Jonny chose for the orphan in honor of his recently deceased grandfather.
Her first obstacle was an unexpected confrontation with discrimination despite her responsible job as a probation officer in Family Court where she worked with troubled children and single parents. The adoption agency sent her a letter stating she was unqualified to adopt because “Every child deserves two parents.” They would, however, permit her to adopt a physically or emotionally disabled child. Outraged, she wrote them: “Who is in greater need of 2 parents, a physically and/or emotionally disabled child or a relatively healthy child? You should be ashamed.” They did not respond.
Religious bigotry struck next when a local friendly Vietnamese Priest told her a child was waiting for her in Vietnam, but the agency told her twice: “We do home studies for Christian families.” She informed the Priest of the prejudice. He paused and then said he could not help. She wrote: “Dear Father, Jesus was a Jew who never left his religion and I do not think he is smiling kindly upon you.”
After many years of struggle Greta’s dream of adoption was fulfilled when she, her grandmother, Aunt, and thirteen year-old son, Jonny, arrived by plane in Vietnam. She finally adopted a five year-old boy baptized “David” who became “David Frank”. The family welcomed him with love. Soon Jonny felt sad for him because he looked scared but Greta ensured that Frankie would be a part of a compassionate family. They dressed him in an adorable suit and found a mixed breed Dachshund Frankie named Suzi for him. He learned soon to ice skate, draw, play piano, and liked to build sand castles on the beach.
Marsh adds a summary of the My Lai Massacre, military problems of rape, sexual harassment, suicide, civilian casualty statistics, Agent Orange, and the extension of the Vietnam War to Laos and Cambodia. The author says she intends the money earned from her book will be used to help wounded vets and their families. Greta Marsh’s wonderful story of how she succeeded in saving the life of a Vietnamese orphan who became integrated into a loving American family shines with the finest sparks of humanity. She reminds us at the end of her inspirational story the Talmud says: “To Save One Life is as if you have Saved the Entire World.”
Published by 1stWorld Publishing, P. O. Box 2211, Fairfield, Iowa 52556 ISBN: 978-1-4218-8663-3 Soft Cover ISBN: 978-1-4218-8664-0 Hard CoverBio: VVAW member Daniel C. Lavery graduated Annapolis, navigated a Navy jet, and a ship, turned peace activist and became a civil rights lawyer for Cesar Chavez's UFW. His memoir, All the Difference, describes his experiences: http://www.amazon.com/All-Difference-Daniel-C-Lavery/dp/1482676532/ website: www.danielclavery.com.
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