Dignity is a measure of your pride? 

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.

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

There's magic in translating a body of work from one language to another.

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