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Nu Quang - USA

Revisiting My Hometown

I'm walking in Cholon, Vietnam, but it doesn't seem like the city where I had lived for more than half my life. At a busy shopping area, I can't locate the stores where my sister and I once shopped. The people here stare at me as if I were a stranger – a foreigner. Feeling lost, I call her, give her the name of the building I'm in and she asks, "Where are you?" Then my alarm clock goes off. I switch on the lamp and realize I'm home in Seattle and remember my sister's words: "I've sold our mother's house."

migrating nightjar . . .
I look for Vesta
on a half-moon night


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