NHIEN NGUYEN MD
NHIEN NGUYEN MD Poems
Vietnamese Refugee Boat People Forty Years Later
This poem is dedicated to many thousands of boat people
Who perished by the sea
As soon as I woke up this morning
I felt overwhelmed by memories of long ago past.
Many years of war tore my country apart
Million people left their relatives and their country Vietnam.
After losing the war, many people escaped for their lives
With their possessions in their handbags or knapsacks.
They left everything behind hoping to be alive
They were willing to sacrifice for their future lives.
They left their homes when it rained or ...
Under blue sky filled with summer sunshine
I pulled weeds and trimmed flowers
Drops of sweats rolled down on my face
I shaded the sun with a wide rim cone hat.
Suddenly it rained dogs and cats
Tree branches swayed with strong winds
Rain pounded hard on wood sidings
Into my house, I ran fast.