"Did the people of Vietnam use Lanterns of Stone? Did they hold ceremonies to reverence the opening buds". The use of this quote shows that they are questioning everything and don't know what is going on.
"Sir, their light hearts turned to stone. It is not remembered whether in gardens stone lanterns illumined the pleasant ways". This quote is saying that they used to be all happy but now there is a war they aren't. This could also show they are dead because there hearts are stone and stone is cold
"But after their children were killed". It shows that the Americans are killing everyone and not just the adults. They have no feelings for the people they are killing.
"Their life was in rice and bamboo. When peaceful clouds were reflected in the paddies and the water buffalo stepped surely along the terraces". It shows what life is like before the war and how peaceful it was before the Americans came a ruined there lives.
"When bombs smashed those mirrors there was only time to scream". It shows the destruction of the Americans and what they did to the Vietnamese people.
"The flight of moths in the moonlight". This could resemble the dead people flying up to heaven as moths are attracted to the light.