Big Lift Ferry Poem F181

From overcrowding –
Forced into the lower deck –
Like leaving Viet Nam –
Except it’s much nicer, free –
And Dartmouth ain’t that scary

07.01.16

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Big Lift Ferry Poem F076

This ferry ride is
Crowded like my refugee
Boat out of Viet Nam –
I haven’t felt this crowded
On a boat since that escape

05.21.16

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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 V06

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

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 V26

Cousin Trung – might have
Been named after me –
But we’re diff’rent as could be

04.08.16

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