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Vietnamese Refugee Boat People Forty Years Later

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This poem is dedicated to many thousands of boat people
who perished by the sea

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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
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Sunday, May 10, 2015
Topic(s) of this poem: life and death,mourn,patriotic
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COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Debra Trayer 13 June 2015

This poem really touches my heart and mind. I'm so glad this poem came back to your memory for you to record for future generations. It is hard to fathom the inconceivable amount of suffering and the vastness of devastation that destroyed so many of your people in the 70s and affected their lives for many years. But your poem visually captures the intensity of those fleeing from war. It was nice your poem ended with such positive hope for future generation. It's 's a blessing to know that through such strong determination, much arduous work and hope for the future of freedom that with time the surviving lives have started to heal. The new generations are fulfilling their parents' dreams to achieve their own dreams. It's hard to understand why such heartbreak and hardship has to happen. But I'm so grateful that you and your family were able to survive and come to this county. Your life has changed my life for the better. May God bless you and all the other Vietnamese people who survived. Thank you for sharing this poem for others to read and learn from.

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Kim Nguyen 15 June 2015

Thank you for reading and your kind words. So much sufferings but always there is Hope. I hope this poem will heal some one's heart..NHIEN NGUYEN

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Chinedu Dike 13 January 2020

Horrendous story of war casualties written with clarity of thought and mind. Very heartfelt with strong emotions. Thanks for sharing, Nhien.

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Kimkhue Nguyen 22 February 2019

Sad memories! Many of my friends have died as boat people.

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Stan Rodriguez 17 May 2018

Shows how bad war can be, Poem is well written, good narrative.

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Nhien Nguyen 17 May 2018

Thank you for reading this poem, and I appreciate your support. Nhien

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Richard Wlodarski 14 May 2017

Nhien, your heart rending gut wrenching poem is a testament to the human spirit. It moved me beyond words. It made me reflect on an audio-visual presentation that I produced on the boat people while in university. It was one of the most difficult projects that I've ever undertaken. The atrocities committed in that unjustified war are beyond comprehension. Thank you for completing the circle.

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Nhien Nguyen 14 May 2017

I appreciate your comments. Thank you for reading this poems. I hope that this poem may heal someone's heart. Your support means a lot to me. Nhien

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Bharati Nayak 04 May 2017

What a heart rending account of sufferings of people of Vietnam who tried to escape by small boats from their mother land ravaged by war .Such incidents still occurring.The poem brings tears to my eyes.- - - - -

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Nhien Nguyen 05 May 2017

Thank you for your comments. I hope that this poem may heal someone's heart. I appreciate your support. Nhien

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