THE WRITERS POST
VOLUME 6 NUMBER 2
HOANG XUAN SON
SUDDENLY ONE DAY
(translated by NGUYEN NGOC BICH)
I have lived here all of three years
but havenít got a high nose or blue eyes
All of a sudden, one day I became a citizen of X country
Itís all there, on paper, fully spelled out
That I enjoy every right, of every sort
O itís stinging enough enduring three years !
At any rate I should still say thanks to this land of†††††††††† indifference
Which indifferently turned me, an unskilled one, into a skilled one
I can now handle hammer and pliers without too much shame
Are we happy on this day of skin shedding ?
We shed our immigrantsícoat, always on the receiving end .
How come tears keep welling in our eyes ?
Are they tears of happiness or tears for our uprootedness ?
††††††††††††† HOANG XUAN SON
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