Vietnamese princesses in
Fairy tales can die –
Even more than once!
Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.
Notes to this poem…
My friend Fran found gave me a little book she had the other day called The Brocaded Slipper and Other Vietnamese Tales. It was a book of Vietnamese fairy tales, of which I had never heard because even as a child in Viet Nam after the war, fairy tales weren’t “in” with the Communists. They didn’t fit well with the harsh lifestyle, either!
So a Caucasian friend introduced me to fairy tales from my own culture, in a foreign country, in a foreign language. How multicultural is that?
Anyway, reading these fairy tales, I was shocked to find that not only did Vietnamese princesses die, they also came back to life! And they sometimes also died again, and again!
Man, we’ve got TOUGH princesses you had better not mess with!!!
The F-series poems are part of a collection composed on my ferry rides across Halifax Harbour when the buses aren’t crossing the MacDonald bridge due to the Big Lift bridge redecking. This should keep happening until at least December 2016.
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