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Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm | Loneliness is a cliché (27)

Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm, the poet and translator, born 1971 in Phu Nhuan, Saigon, Vietnam. The pharmacist currently lives and works in Western Sydney, Australia.

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

Loneliness is a cliché you wear like amour, sharpened, shiny?
Or is it simply a fault in your makeup?
You’re manufactured with a loose wire, a missing screw?
To be alone is to admit defeat?
Diminished in character, low self, absent ego?
One or one hundred friends, does it make any difference?
I don’t know.
I just noticed that when I’m present in a moment of kindness, a moment of love.
I forget I was born alone, at that hour just before dawn.
October 2018.

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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