Adoptee poem - Fragile Flames

By Sue-San King

Poem in remembrance of the children who perished in the Vietnam Babylift crash in 1975

In the great expanse of sky you soar
rising with the April heat.
Open your eyes little ones;
do you see?
below lies your country,
serene and vigilant
calling you to its embrace,
the primal cradle of your birth.
 
My brothers and sisters
I have not forgotten,
such fragile flames
extinguished
in mid-flight.

Sue-San King was evacuated from a Cambodian orphanage as a baby to Saigon, Vietnam. Subsequently, she was brought to Canada during Operation Babylift from Vietnam in April 1975, on the flight following the C-5A crash.