Hearing the engines of the American F-4 jets we scattered but there was nowhere to go. The bombs fell, followed by huge explosions. A fireball engulfed everything for miles. The burning tar clung to the skin of those in the open. Those undercover coughed from the deadly carbon monoxide cloud that robbed the atmosphere of oxygen.Who were the Americans fighting? The Vietcong or the Environment? The tallest flighted bird in the world took off taking hope with it.
The Americans destroyed and then rebuilt in collaboration.
“Look. There! See that large bird!”
“Hope has returned. See the red head.”
In response to Charli’s prompt where she asks:
May 10, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story defining “the charisma of cranes.” For centuries, cranes have inspired art and philosophy. You can write a crane story or create something new out of the phrase. Go where the prompt leads.
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The Sarus crane along with numerous other birds and wildlife became the victims of the napalm the Americans used to flush out the Viet Cong. The poison destroyed habitat and the animals that had survived became poisoned by the iron sulfides in the soil. The Sarus Crane which is the worlds largest flighted bird at over 5 feet has a distinctive red head and grey body. The Vietnamese has traditionally seen it as taking their dead to eternal life and use it as a symbol of human’s most cherished hopes – a good marriage, longevity and a life everlasting in heaven. They were feared extinct but after a joint venture between America and Vietnam to restore habitat a Sarus Crane was sighted in 1985. Today there are around 1,000.