A LIFE WORTH LIVING I walked down the footpath she led me Along the Olympic drive, I did see We walked quietly amidst screaming cars I wanted it to end if I wanted to go far It was loud, the spinning of tires. Screeching relentless full of desire I heard it’s calling. I wanted to go. I was just tire so tired, but she said no “If you go I will be alone… The children were you, they were born. Your parents have no choice. They’ve never had a voice…” So we turned into the side street. There the colour of autumn greets The wheel of the season slow Yet my heart was like lead, so old. _____ JUNE 2018
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.