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 homeland
slave chains of adversaries

In three great wars they crushed Genghis Khan’s army
Countless times they thwarted the northern fleets
From Asian invaders to European colonialists
All intruders were vanquished in time

Across this magnificent universe
from the four corners of this wonderful earth
emerged a people called the Vietnamese,
the Exceptional People of the South

Their land is not among the best fertile
often dried and sometimes flooded
but they nurture with warm heart and mind
to cultivate fine yields of life

They have never been the wealthiest
but they’re among the most generous
endowed with brave souls and vibrant spirit
channelling love to overcome sufferings

Defying history’s vicious politics
Millions conquered the Pacific’s challenge
with nothing but kindness and love
of the Exceptional People of the South

Their journey has never ended
but evolved and kept evolving
to illustrate the compassion in love,
in tragedy and triumph throughout life

Across this magnificent universe
from the four corners of this wonderful earth
emerged a people with kindness and love,
the Exceptional People of the South.

Lloyd Duong
In midair crossing the Pacific
September 27, 2017

   * Việt Nam (Việt:  Exceptional  . Nam: South)

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