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I had an opportunity to meet and work with her in the Vietlish project VIETNAMESE STORYCUBES back in June.
At the age of 88, she was the oldest participant who is famous for her signature hand-written poetry transcripts with a distinctive stamp that ‘certifies’ its originality. A couple of poet lovers even asked her for copies, so that they could frame it at home. Within this very blog, I myself have translated and analysed one of her poems: Winter in Australia – Mua Dong Xu Uc.
Myself and Maria Tran hosted the launch of Vietnamese Storycubes at CabraVale Leisure Centre on 26th September 2009. During the event we invited her to come up and share her thoughts. And to our surprise, she took a sticky-note pad out of her pocket.
Turns out, the entire event she took the time to create a short Vietnamese poetic couplet dedicated to myself. Yes, in front of 200 plus guests, Fairfield Mayor Nick Lalich and community guests she reads:
“Tuổi trẻ nhiệt thành say lý tưởng,
Tài nay vương sáng một tương lai”
“Youthful age, filled with enthusiasm and noble ideals,
This talent leads to a promising future.”
I felt humbled and unworthy of such positive lines. Yet it was one of the most heart-touching gifts ever given to me, this time from an old granny who lives in a housing unit by herself with few furniture. It’s placed on my bedside table, so that everytime I feel down, those few words would set me in the right direction. It’s become more of a guidance for me: In life, without passion or enthusiasm or a strong positive mind – you won’t get anywhere.
It’s almost Christmas, a time of giving and being with your loved ones. I’ll definitely schedule myself time to give her a visit.