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Santa Cruz - July 2016 ©
Santa Cruz – July 2016 ©

We met somewhere in the movie
Where the Disney princess has unbelievably long golden hair
Which could heal injuries and keep you young forever
I wish I could borrow her hair
To mend my broken soul

We met somewhere among the clouds
Where we were day dreaming about love and life
Until we both fell off to reality
And one of us giggled

We met somewhere at Waikiki beach
Where time was adventurously stretched
And the passage of events were carved
Into layers of our cherished memories

We met somewhere between the lines
When silence became words
And we keep reading and writing our lives
Together all the way

Tết – Vietnamese New Year

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Tết
The sound of the word itself triggers hidden feelings
and recollection of beautiful moments and cheerful get-together

Tết
Time to think about love and care for living people – family, friends, relatives
Time for remembrance of our ancestors

Tết
Time to savor all the delicious, special dishes of the festive season

Tết
With it comes all the excitement, the enjoyment and the pleasure of the holiday

Tết
Forever it lingers in my heart.

Happy Year of the Rooster 2017!

Fifteen Years

Saigon 2000
Saigon. 2000 ©

to my “LL” group

It’s been fifteen years
And time must leave its marks

The crow’s feet in our smiles
The wrinkles on our faces
The not as shining eyes
The beer bellies, big or small

And it is okay
Since time must do its work

And it is okay
As long as we are beautiful the way we care for others,
We’re shining with our dreaming thoughts,
Our hearts are full of vivid memories
Of the years we worked together
Of the beautiful moments we experienced-
Birthday parties,
Nights at the beach,
Day trip at the Water park
At work, at play

And it is okay
Since we are all the time beings
Blown away as time flies by
Like a piece of charred paper
Hovering over the red brick chimney
In the harsh winter months

And it is okay

Jan 1st 2017

Will the new year bring in
new dreams and new hopes
as bright as the Christmas tree
to lighten the weary souls
as deep as thousands of incarnations old?

The memories of 2016
are merely patches or spots
in the infinite timeline
however beautiful they were
or painful as they made you endure

The enlightened voice is still calling out
from over two thousand years past
I listened and liberated myself
to become as light as a snowflake
twirling in the air

Let’s empty 2016
And paint the new year with a brightest color
you could ever visualize
And start the new year fresh off
as it’s rolling in.

Happy New Year!

Anniversary 2016

Jul 2016 ©
Santa Cruz, Jul 2016 ©

after Rebecca Hazelton

My husband writes me eloquent haiku

My husband in the backyard
Watering each plant for three minutes
His kind spirit communicates to the roses, the apples,
the avocados, the bougainvillea

My husband surrounded with thyme, basil,
tomatoes, parmigiano cheese
Cooking chicken parmigiana in the kitchen
Remembering his beloved Italian-born father

My husband carefully checking the beams, measuring the paintings
Gracefully hung up The Kiss, the Terrace of a Cafe at Night

My husband washes my car
The soap bubbles sparkle with his pure love, his thoroughness
Also washes away my insecurities, my inferior feelings
Revealing my true colors in a rainbow spectrum

My husband gazes at me with his soulful blue eyes
Which forever sends me to ecstasy.

Sometimes

Photo Art by Temy Hoang

Sometimes the sky is so blue
It embodies all hopes in the universe

Many a time the joy is so overwhelming
You even find your competitors pleasant

Once in a while the pain is so unbearable
No tears can ever relieve it

At times you come across a poem so deep
Not one individual soul can ever grasp it

Forever you are so beautiful
I can never love any one else in like manner