How many years of history it needed
and stupid choices by how many men
to manufacture this grotesque machine
the sovereign State that yesterday decided
to hurt a simple student who has wanted
little but good in this world and has shown
much good sense although young, my only son
Mathew gentle with animals.
are they, and because we live with them
they drive us mad too, in this beautiful
country they have turned into a slum
with dirty waters and no place where people
are let be, nay they sail across the seas
ten thousand miles to slaughter Vietnamese.
April 20, 1967