Dignity is a measure of your pride? 

Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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 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…

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