Saigon The Movie . James Bond flies into Phuket, which he pronounces Fukit and this announces the demise of the colonial era. My mother sits on the Left Bank, harvesting rice. The Baron announces his arrival with a slice of lemon between his teeth and Panama with razors embedded in its rim, to wear to restaurants with a view of crossfire.
The iron butterfly folds back her wings, and rests awhile on the pillows of this city. But they are soaked with the formalin of diplomacy and the perfumes of an irresistible corruption.
Finally the old merchants dig up their gold and re-invest in a coat of arms they wire to a security gate. Guard dogs with degrees, and lap-dog breeds that do not bark. Here a childhood made sensitive to bombs, a kindergarten closed down with prayer, American linguists in a helicopter, dropping ration packs of Chiclets and brand new grammar