i am not a victim

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

Submitted: August 27, 2018

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I am not a victim.

I crawled out from under the bed to find part of our roof was missing.

The four walls were filled with bullet holes.

Many of my childhood playmates, whose innocent were robbed, did not survived the Tet Offensive.

I am not a victim.

 

I am not a victim.

I received my 15th birthday present from the government, a Garand M-1 rifle.

Our assignment was to guard one of the posts within the city limit.

Our order was to shoot at anything that moved after curfew.

We did, and in return, we were greeted by flying bullets from AK-47, which produced a sound that etched in one’s memory.

I am not a victim.

 

I am not a victim.

I held the lifeless body of my teacher; whose blood dyed my starch white uniform crimson.

I can still hear him whispers in his dying breath, “They had found me.”

I am not a victim.

 

I am not a victim.

We zigzagged on the tarmac of Tan Son Nhut Airport with incoming artilleries.

We packed the C130 cargo plane with people.

As the plane took off, I was pinned in the darkness at the back of the plane.

I could hardly breathe, but all I could think of was that we just lost our country.

I am not a victim.

 

I am not a victim.

We moved from refugee camp to refugee camp, where daily diet consisted of flake of white fish and rice, if any.

But our worry was toward my 6-month-old nephew.

I am not as victim.

 

I am not a victim.

I had been called a Cong, a Charlie, a Chang, even a Jap.

Those words and too petty for me.

I had been denied of opportunities because of the color of my skin, the way I look and the way I talk.

But I made and will continue to create my own opportunities.

I had lived, am living and will live many interesting times.

Whether it is a curse or a blessing, it is up to me to control my destiny.

I am not a victim!


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