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 and the pleasure of playing card games during 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 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!