On the third last day
we found the poetry factory.

At the Temple of Literature
they made laws,
letters and literature
for over 900 years.

Nature was a major theme.
It could be used to say
almost anything
about human emotions.

That is no longer the case.

Tourists can still read the
accolades to scholars 500 years
dead. They are
engraved into the backs
of stone tortoises. We can also listen
to delicate ladies
performing classical Viet music.

Then it's off the the Army Museum
(where touching
photos of War Mothers
serve like slaves
for poetry).