have been here in a strange country;
heart is sad — without relatives, with no happiness!
don’t know why I’m here!
life has been full of tears.
years have passed since 1975.
have opened my eyes,
see what will happen in my future.
feel unlucky, just like a failure!
gave my country away to the communists?
many men arrived here without their kids!
dream every day and every night,
the family reunion with their wives.
love my country just the same as I do my parents,
I can have everything I want.
mother cooking me good food and making my clothes;
bringing to me the family I really enjoy.
everything is so far away.
new life has changed the Vietnamese every day.
have to live without hope, medicine, clothes and food.
you think that communism is still good?
wish I could return home some day,
will enjoy freedom that we pray.
parents will say: “Hello my good boy!”
will then kiss my children and my wife.
(St. Louis, Sept. 10, 1978)
Contact: Vinh Liem
1 Applegrath Court, Germantown, MD 20876-5613 (U.S.A.)