The princess lived in a castle in the far far north, the walls were made of black Kevlar reinforced with steel. Knights were stationed at every tower, and there were at least a hundred towers. At night she sleeps in the four poster bed, and in the daytime she has the other princes and princesses to play with and please. The princess never ventured outside the walls, not that she was ever curious. The green lawns and visiting butterflies were all that made her happy.
Beyond the impenetrable wall, war ravaged the cold hard countryside.
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.