Tales of an Expat Tourist, a Haiku Collection from Viet Nam

In March 2015, I returned to my country of birth, Viet Nam, for the first time since fleeing as a child refugee in April, 1980. It had been almost 35 years, and pretty much everything was different from the way I had remembered it. While the trip was planned to some extent, I did not know what to expect for most of it. For example, just because I knew Aunts, Uncles and cousins awaited to welcome me, there was no telling how we would get along. I also had no idea how I would react to all the natural things in life there, from extreme poverty to bribery. Then there were all kinds of things and experiences I did not know about to even anticipate encountering.

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Viet Nam Haiku V01

Viet Nam – once it was –
All that I knew – now it is –
All I long to know

05.31.15

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Viet Nam Haiku V02

Thirty-five years on –
I return as a tourist
To the home I fled

05.31.15

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Viet Nam Haiku V03

There is much to learn –
And much to experience –
And much to beware

05.31.15

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Viet Nam Haiku V04

Government form is
A greedy dictatorship –
Not Communism

03.07.15 – 03.17.15

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Viet Nam Haiku V05

Custom officials –
Public servants and
Conmen in organized crime

03.17.15 – 05.30.15

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Viet Nam Haiku V06

Ho Chi Minh City –
A labyrinth of alleys
In each city block

03.07.15

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Viet Nam Haiku V07

Traffic rules are more guidelines –
Follow at own risk –
Cause most people don’t

03.07.15

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Viet Nam Haiku V08

Each trip by moped
Is a circus act –
And flirt with death on two wheels

03.17.15

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Viet Nam Haiku V09

Moped passengers
Teaspoon their drivers –
Or relax waiting for death

03.07.15

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Viet Nam Haiku V10

Moped riders of Vietnam –
Would make a telling
Photography set

03.10.15

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Viet Nam Haiku V11

My extended family
On Dad’s side awaits –
Most I’ve never met

05.31.15

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