By Phan Nhiên Hạo, translation by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm
A guide on how to write
Write as sweetly as a nail is nailed into wood.
Write as fast as the wind through an infected village.
Write as quietly as the coal shimmering slowly in the heart of the earth.
Write with the veracity of a lion about to pounce on its prey.
Write with the care of a ship meandering through a fog in the early light.
Write with the sensitivity of a dragonfly facing a storm.
Write joy upon the sand and connect them.
Write sadness upon the water and wait for the currents to carry them away.
Write loneliness upon a lantern then patiently wait for the candle to completely burnout.
You could write as shortly as you like but don’t forget the verbs,
the stagnation causative of the flooding of each and every punctuation.
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