Napalm Girl Photo (1972)

Terror of War Photo – Nick Ut

On June 8, 1972, AP Photographer Nick Ut captured what would become a Pulitzer Prize winning photo depicting children fleeing from a Napalm bombing during the Vietnam War. In the center of the frame running towards the camera was a naked 9-year-old girl, Phan Thi Kim Phúc, also known as «Napalm Girl».

the girl in the picture

she’s only a child
a running, naked child
so vulnerable

she’s only ‘bout 9
thin and so fine
so destructible

she’s all scarified
her arms swung out wide
to relieve the pain

she lives in Trang Bang
where fire falls from the skies
down Highway 1
there’s a girl that screams and cries

and she’s running
always running
they call her the Napalm Girl
but she never gives in
trying to get some peace in this world
saved by the click of a camera
she is the girl in the picture

there’s fire all around her
and fire inside
«it’s too hot, too hot»

she rips off her clothes
but the heat only grows
it’s living under her skin

by Eric Geurts

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