Poetry

Phung Khac Bac

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Phung Khac Bac. Illustration: Janelle Retka

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The first day of peace

He returns to his house
He returns to his house
ten years after the war.

Mother greets him in the dusky dawn,
the rain greets him in the twilit sunrise.

Rain. Rain. Rain.
Rain outside
,,,,,,,,,everywhere,
Rain in the yard,
,,,,,,,,,but also in the house.
Following mother’s words is the rain singing.

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