In Vietnam I was always afraid of mines:
North Vietnamese mines, Vietcong mines,
French mines, American mines,
whole fields marked with warning signs.
A Bouncing Betty comes up waist high--
cuts you in half.
One man's legs were laid
alongside him in the Dustoff,°
he asked for a chairback, morphine,
he screamed he wanted to give
his eyes away, his kidneys,
his heart . . .
Here is how you walk at night: slowly lift
one leg, clear the sides with your arms, clear the back,
front, put the leg down, like swimming.
°Dustoff: A liftship (helicopter) specifically suited
for taking out the wounded.