Viet Nam: blogger Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh released into exile

Me Nam reunited with her family at the airport (photo courtesy of Dan Lam Bao) PEN International welcomes the release of blogger and government critic Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, also known by her pen name Me Nâm (‘Mother Mushroom’), on 17 October 2018. Me Nam had been serving a 10-year prison sentence for “conducting propaganda against the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam” under Article 88 of the Penal Code when she was reportedly taken directly to Ha Noi International Airport and put on a […]

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PLEASE, SPEAK FOR ME

To Dr. Nguyen Dan Que Please,speak for me It’s time Not to accept darkness As the sun Not to see dead leaves As an image of spring Please,speak for me The flower of love Never blooms from a gun’s barrel The fruit of hatred Always rots the Motherland Please, speak for me Ten years of prison The blood of freedom Still flows in the soul Please,speak for me Another prison term Actually adds oil To freedom’s toils Please,speak for me Please,speak for us Please,speak […]

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Back To The Time We Met

As we travel on the road of life There are friends we like to meet There are places we seek to see And good deeds we may perfect Some dream of better prospects of rewards that vest power of successes that seal anything of feelings that bring happiness As for me I just wish to be taken back to the time we met I can’t guess what I might do when conquered by the sight of you I truly wish that I could be […]

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For Ever and For Always

My Darling, I was mystified Mystified truly I was by the secret invite portrayed on your lips the unspoken gifts concealed in your eyes the triumph of love prevailed from your thought I am still mystified, truly,  my Darling               for ever and for always My Darling, I was amazed Amazed truly I was by the innocence perfecting your mind the genuine kindness revealed in your charm the calmness graced by your presence I am still amazed, truly, my Darling               for ever and […]

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Gift . Prays . Hope . Grace . Challenge . Love

Haiku by Lloyd Duong (Haiku is Japanese form of poetry with simplicity in style and complexity in thought) Gift Life nested in love Death met the great journey Mother’s gift embraced Prays immense ocean prays quell the cold and dense fog sail into unknown Hope desert of water ocean of sun, crushing thirst hope thrusts dreams forward Grace Buddha lived enlightened Jesus died for salvation Heaven’s grace blossomed Challenge The  heart’s sincere verses steered by diverse tenets challenge  friends’ wisdom Love One looked.  One […]

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The Vietnamese

The Vietnamese Across this magnificent universe from the four corners of this wonderful earth emerged a people, simple but resolute, upholding their own uniqueness They have never been the strongest and certainly they are not the grandest but truly they believe good deeds shall prevail over evil They have never been the brightest and certainly they are not the proudest but truly they believe in righteousness and justice They rose up against the mightiest persistently and decisively they resisted and kept out from their […]

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