How could you? How could you begrudge me my ignorance? I am not of your world (I care not for it) You laugh at how much little I know The eyes of a bewildering child My view of your world Mine alone My willingness to be alone In the world of Men How small I am then Small small small I am not the person you see How then possibly do you see me The owner of my dignity The mother of my children I am me (No one’s property)
Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm, the blogger, poet, and translator, was born in 1971 in Phu Nhuan, Saigon, Vietnam. The pharmacist currently lives and works in Western Sydney, Australia.