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The Mangrove Snapshot-Binh Hoa- Close To Ho Chi Minh City

Updated on December 2, 2017

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Don Mclean- the Grave

The Mangrove Snapshot

This is a miniature peep into a horror World ! Created by a so called 'civilised' nation. The mighty U.S.

We don't see any horror ! We see the gentleness of innocent dust !

A young soldier is separated from his unit. He is unnerved by the silence!

When a young kid is lost and frightened in the terrifying jungle of Vietnam. He lives by the moment. Taking in the weirdness of the 'unusual ' around him.

Why was the grass orange ? Why were these women who looked so like his young wife at home said to be evil ? They were sweet and kind to him the enemy ! They weren't evil !!

Something wasn't quite right ! Something had changed.

We will wander down the orange way,

I will talk you through the hours

of events that happened on that day.

Don't know how it happened,

I was lost I'd missed my way.

in jungle deep and lonely

so alone but had to stay.

The rule was clear for times like this

don't despair just obey

maybe hours but soon okay

I enjoyed the quiet of the delay

and lazed as I pondered about the raid

and thought ' why me ,if only I had disobeyed.

The yellowy, orange dust was pretty

as it landed on my outstretched hand,

little specs of pinky orange, like confetti

at a wedding, when a marriage band

of gold is slipped upon a finger.

I closed my mind,didn't want to think

of people back in the other land.

I quenched my thirst from a

gently running stream,

with strange colours of

which I had never seen.

Then ate from trees laden

with luscious fruit.

I looked up high

and so began a dream.

The leaves had left the trees

and floated elsewhere

many days ago.

A smell so strange

would follow from the dew

left by the rain.

My headaches came when

eating fruit or sometimes

bathing feet in a stream.

Then times when I would rest

my aching ,aching head

on brightly covered fallen logs,

painted orange, with some red.

Red and dusty substance.

Reminded me of footsteps.

Footsteps made by father Christmas

when he called to bring my presents,

on Christmas eve,

even have a photo of those events

a photo taken in the snow all those years ago

then a picture of the chimney

and the soot on Santa's feet

as he gently trod along the

marble hearth,to bring the treats,

remembered from my youth,

at father Christmas time.

I often wondered where my

buddies were, did they remember me ?

I died a while then in the sleep

remembered women lifting me,

all small and neat were they.

They placed me on a rug

then carried me to tunnels

where they gently nursed me

with words I couldn't say.

No more memories.Just haze.

Now I live in hope and be

thankful for my days........

I am home again and never

will I venture to take anothers


© 2011 jandee


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      jandee 5 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

      Hello Micky,

      lovely to see you. I agree there is nothing like a bit of unity.

      Just been watching a good informative doc. on Russia Today re. Vietnam.(don't know if the word good belongs in that sentence though,what do you think)

      keep well, jandee

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      Micky Dee 5 years ago

      I love you ladies. I wish you were in NC. Let's keep on keeping on. We may not turn this country around or any other but we can't go back to Sheepdom.

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      jandee 5 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

      Petra, I think it is all a ploy! Oil, oil is all that matters! You are so right about the greed and arrogance. How dare they (u.k) presume that their so called democracy (even if it did exist) should be desired/imposed on anothers land----------keep well my friend,

      jandee............thanks so much for reading.

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      Petra Vlah 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Would be nice if none will ever "venture to take ones land", but unfortunately wars will never end because of the greed and arrogance some nations have as well as their belief that they "know better" what is good for others. US is a perfect example of this and UK is not much better. Sad that we never learn and keep on making the same mistakes over and over again

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      jandee 5 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

      Micky ,lovely to hear from you and thanks for your compliment.

      Miners strike with police fingers up miners noses,Arabic men deported to US for zilch! Women in prisons for not having TV licences then their babies taken into care----------what a demonic World ??

      thanks for reading my little things Micky and keep well,

      very best from jandee........

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      jandee 5 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

      Hello Micky,

      Listen and read this ! It is in today's newspaper which is called 'The Morning Star',



      Prince 'not drunk' while bombing Afghans

      The ministry of defence denied yesterday

      that Prince Harry killed Afghans while drunk,

      saying he was entirely sober.

      The Prince was said by a fellow soldier last week

      to have bombarded Afghan fighters from his Apache helicopter.

      Afghanistan's Hizb-i-Islamia party leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar

      accused the Prince of bloodsport.

      "The British Prince comes to Afghanistan to kill innocent Afghans while he is drunk" he said "He wants to hunt down Mojahedin with his helicopter's rockets,without any shame."

      Am MOD spokesman said the suggestion the Prince was drunk was "simply absurd."

      He said "The consumption of alcohol by UK military personnel is not permitted under any circumstances while deployed in Afghanistan."

      The spokesman declined to comment on the Prince's bombing activities...............

      ----------taken from the daily newspaper in UK -The Morning Star

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      Micky Dee 5 years ago

      This is so well done jandee. Even today, 2013, I see the callousness, The blindness that perpetuates man's greatest inhumanit6y against man. I can speak only as a Marine who went there. Today Ame3rica still turns its back on the patriotic and they worship the lies of the elite. Paperwork and eternal phone shpeak are part of the arsenal against Veterans. But the in-crowd voters of both parties claim some kind of morality as the war drums goosestep on. You know I love you dear.

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      jandee 6 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

      Hello pamela,

      How nice to have such a compliment ! Thank you my Animal loving friend ! They keep us sane, don't they?Our beloved pets,

      best from jandee

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      Pamela Kinnaird W 6 years ago from Maui and Arizona

      Very unusual, thought-provoking and unique. Voting up and awesome.

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      jandee 6 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

      Hello Eiddwen,

      thank you so much.

      Every time I see your hubs I think of all the great times we have in Wales,

      best from jandee

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      A great hub and thank you for sharing.

      One of the things that I love about HubPages is the great variety of well written hubs there are for us to read;this one is certainly one of these.

      Take care and enjoy your day.


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      jandee 6 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

      Hi Micky,

      Got a picure on my wall, a copy of a lovely drawing done by an old bloke . He was a 'Royal Academy' artist and did this picture when young, in the 5os. It is a picture of the 'Tour de France' I sold the picture but took a snap first,it's lovely thing done in pastel and reminds me of someone on a bike --ha,ha--can't remember the names of the cyclists in the picture but am sure you would know them,


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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      You know I love you girl! Yo yo yo!

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      justom 6 years ago from 41042

      Never be sorry for that. He's tried to come at me but I think he figured out he can't hang :-P I've seen his comments and know his game. Nice chatting with you again, I've been busy doing a website so HP visits have been short. Take care, Tom

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      jandee 6 years ago

      Hello Tom,

      good to hear from you and same to you ,keep writing eh!

      No, under this system it won't. Oh dear me! I nearly cried when I saw the cretton reading one of my favourite writers ,who is lovely to everyone,and would never dream of causing upset. Hope he didn't follow me to get there ?

      sorry got a bit complicated with this comment,

      best from jandee

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      justom 6 years ago from 41042

      Nice hub Jandee, will it ever end? Do you think the cowboy will (ha) come read this one? Probably not, Peace my friend! Tom