H e a r t   S o n s   &   H e a r t   D a u g h t e r s   of   A l l e n   G i n s b e r g

N a p a l m   H e a l t h   S p a :   R e p o r t   2 0 1 4 :   A r c h i v e s   E d i t i o n







mother & child

bulleted as they knelt

in prayer—powder burns


where the slugs

entered & tore flesh,

blood erupting into dry air—


even as marines

moved on to machine gun

a man, his wife, his daughters,


the blind old man,

father reading his Koran,

the grandmother, mother,



& uncles.  one survived,

playing dead beneath


the body of her

brother, his blood

covering, giving her life. 



[Originally published in NHS 2006, http://www.poetspath.com/napalm/nhs06/Cope.htm.]