The following translation of a poem was sent to me by a friend and is
also posted at the website listed below. Le Thi Cong Nhan
is a lawyer
and dissident who was recently released from prison after completing
a three year sentence for her human rights work, but is now under house arrest.
includes the original Vietnamese version:
I HAVE A DREAM
by Le Thi Cong Nhan
I have a dream
that one day
there will be no more
Then, my village peasants
will not have to work hard in the rice field
under the hot burning sun,
soaked in sweat
in the rainy storm,
in the empty rice field,
so the grain will be ripe
more than half must be given to feed the dictatorial communist
Then, my country's scholars
will raise their voice to the truth
Because the figure 8 handcuff
and provision 88 of the legal statute
will have been expunged
out of our thoughts.
With it go provisions 79, 87,
and 258 ...
abominable forever !
They are the unique products of our country
and of other socialist brethrens'
An evil axis to be more accurate !
they usurp the wealth
for eternity !
Then my country's poets and writers
will flood their thoughts fully
pretending that they don't have any honest thoughts
the poems and songs
from my country
even if they have to start all over.
a single step
on the honest path (if you dare to join)
is enough to overwhelm you!
When there is no longer a communist shadow
in my country
then the lawyer
will truly be
the heart of democracy!!
To deliver eloquent speeches, lecture,
without being afraid
to be thrown in jail,
refusing to be
Refusing to praise and glorify the communist gang,
and a decomposed corpse (made of composite)!
To be great,
to be the only truth
there will no longer be hardship
of the hard working laborors
with the dirt cheap salary
that cannot be any cheaper !
And there will no longer be any more calamity
that the spiritual leaders have to endure
because of their stubbornness
and of their characters,
to be foolish enough
to demand freedom of religions and religious beliefs,
to demand back
the confiscated properties that were taken unfairly from them,
in order to worship
God, the Almighty, the Lord
the Creator of the communists, too !
Because He is the One who gave life
Therefore, the communists,
if you are still breathing
then definitely that notion
must be meaningful! (I know it is).
for those who still have a conscience
and some bravery left,
and some respect for themselves,
that they unexpectedly found
after having lost it (for a long time)
the communist dictatorship regime,
ruthless and uncivilized,
wicked and barbaric,
ignorant at best,
lavishing the most,
delirious to the extreme,
deceitful as the gods !
everyone will find
the signification of their lives
to live for each other!
And to sacrifice for the human race,
for our brothers and sisters
created by our Creator
I have a dream
that may not come true
in my life time,
and I venture to say/disclose/share
to cry out tragically
strongly and openly
to everyone to know
I am not a mute,
I have ears and not deaf,
I have eyes and not blind,
and I have a heart (unfortunately) that still vibrates
a conscience that is not toothless
because it still has teeth
(it bites me every day!
And God is my witness!)
I have a head that still thinks
about the things that are sublime,
but they are really simple things,
Honest and Brave characters
the moral foundation
of a person !
Will recreate and be the guardian
of this foundation?
(the little insignificant krill Le Thi Cong Nhan)
volunteer to lend
(The police, when insulting me, usually call me "the little brat, the
little devil, the little kid, ... too young but already committed
serious crimes". I decided that I will not consider it a sin whatever
names they call me because, when I look at myself, I am truly very
young. So, I call myself "The insignificant little krill" just for