'Puff' - Vietnam War Song Poem by Darwin Henry Beuning

'Puff' - Vietnam War Song

Being here in Nakhon Sawan
Has brought back memories
Time spent in 'Nam'
And a tune going around

'Puff the Magic Dragon'
Sung by Peter, Paul, and Mary
Same tune, 'Nam' words

'Puff the Magic Buddhist
knelt down in the street
And covered himself with kerosene
From his head to his feet'

'People gathered from miles around
To see the mighty flash
As, Puff the Magic Buddhist
Turned into an ash'

Forgive me father
For I have blood on my hands

'Puff' - Vietnam War Song
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Topic(s) of this poem: vietnam war
Written 5am,17 February 2017, Nakhon Sawan, Thailand. See my related poem, 'Never Ending'.
Lawerence Mize 17 February 2017

Believe me, you are not alone.

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Darwin Henry Beuning 13 July 2017

Picture added 9: 17pm,13 July 2017. Picture is from website: Deviant Art. Picture titled: Burning Monk by artist AstiStults.

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Michael Walker 02 June 2017

Peter, Paul and Mary were one of the groups of the sixties and 'Puff the Magic Dragon' stood out and endures. What a tragic context for the Buddhist monk who committed suicide. I like the the last two lines-religious.

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Bri Edwards 15 March 2017

i want to put this into my/our March 2017 showcase for PH poets. i usually take and run (my new favorite form of acquiring poems for the display) , but this time i'll ask: May I take it? as coincidence would have it, i just attended a two-person concert 25 miles north of here a few days ago with my mate. she bought a ticket (college concert series) without even knowing who was performing. i found out the day of the concert (we bought a ticket for me when we got there) , by Googling the two names, that they were to be singers/guitarists Peter and Paul (Noel) of Peter, Paul, and Mary fame, still together over 50 years after they were already famous. Mary is dead. ===================================================== many had blood on their hands. on both sides. the same is true today. what are we going to do about it? what CAN be done to stop it? ? not a lot sometimes. maybe father can help. or does blood turn him on? =============================================== i was a conscientious objector (to all war) when i was in my 20's. i did two years of civilian hospital work in Rochester New York in lieu of military service. my younger brother was in (non-combat position) Viet Nam for one year in late 60's. lots of drinking and drugs but no killing on his part. but, i certainly will not say what decision anyone else should make about military service! self-immolation may make some people feel better. at least (i hope) they won't have to deal with life anymore. bri :) to MyPoemList waiting to hear from you.

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Bri, Yes that would be great! !

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Michael Walker 21 February 2017

I well remember the song by Peter, Paul and Mary and the incident when a Buddhist monk made the ultimate protest against the regime. You bring back the memories of the Vietnam War.

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Kim Barney 17 February 2017

This poem tears at my heart. I remember quite a few similar incidents from that time period.

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Darwin Henry Beuning

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