Once upon a time, this place was gorgeous
It’s my Vietnam – the land of amity
In the blue sky, there sang so many birds
On paddy fields, farmers worked happily.
Oh my motherland! Why is joy so short?
Invaders came here, destroyed everything
Villages were burned, people had been shot,
Mothers lost sons, kids were born orphaning
Heroic farmers they stood up and fought
Enemy guns could not beat a country
Blissfully, we saved the things which are ours,
The land, sea and islands of ancestry
Undaunted hearts, they will fight ‘til the end
We are Vietnamese, together we stand.
By Hai Tran – English Language A K37
Winner of the April Writing Contest