Dignity is a measure of your pride?
My busy predisposition could not confine me
to the walls of the room
no matter the glimpses of the glorious South China Sea
or a lively metropolis.
A diet of watery rice and a runaway gut
hit with the curse of bleeding
I planned an escape on the tarmac
A few steps onto the uneven footpath,
flat on my stomach
my dignity exploded across half a mile radius.
The kindness of people helped me up
while my pride lay forlorn on the concrete,
alone I stood up and thanked them…
Eo tròn mông tròn…
tôi vẫn bước tới vôn vớt dành lại một tí tôi.
I hope I’ve managed a smile on your face
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.