A Memorabilia for My First Love

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A Memorabilia for My First Love


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When was my return you had asked

My answer was soon(soon I will be home)

Not from the battle at Pleime

Or Đức Cơ – Đồng Xoài – Bình Giả

My return through the swaying trees

My return in a wooden box pinned with flowers

My return on a stretcher

On a helicopter the whites of mourning

Hidden from sunlight upon dusk my return

Shrouding wholly my soul, a sad poncho

Upon your brilliant black hair my return

Adorned in haste the mourning cloth of an eternal goodbye.

Upon your woeful sorrow my return

The copper bullet a memorabilia then

A keepsake upon your marriage, my gift

The virtue of a girl lost…

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