> Vietnam In Image & Haiku


I just returned from a magical, mystical, wonderful, and most healing second trip back home to Vietnam since I was first there as an U.S. Army ROTC lieutenant platoon leader in 67/68 during the long American War. My first trip back in February of 2002 brought me much healing and much joy. This second trip consisted of a group of folks who like myself had all been on a previous trip back. The 202 Group was composed of eight vets, Jess, Wally, Jim, Jim, John, Daniel, Lance and myself, and four adult children of vets, Katy, Heather, Jamie and Michael, with our own Tucson newsperson, Dan, and our most beloved Vietnamese Translator and guide, Ahn. We brought each other even more healing, more joy, more reconciliation, more understanding, more commitment to live fully different lives than we had experienced on our first trip. Through this trip we truly experienced a deep resonance with one of my favorite pieces of poetry, this quatrain by T.S. Eliot:

We shall not cease from exploration

And the end of all our exploring

Will be to arrive where we started

And know the place for the first time.

This photo album captures in images with accompanying haiku some of the many highlights from our deeply shared experiences.