On His “Walk With Me” Path

On His “Walk With Me” Path
You’re at the top of a high mountain
or on the way to its summit
you must be rich and famous
with
tons of money
and glamorous glory.
To achieve this, you have gone go through enormous stress.
Mentally, you’re falling down back onto the ground zero;
Worse, you would sink further to the bottom
of the sea
o’
sufferings.
Wanna get out of your own mental mess?
Let’s make a serious trade with him;
Exchange your full pocket
for
his emptiness
He’ll show you
how
to get back your peace of mind.
After you walk with him
miles and miles ahead
on your own path of thoughts
‘til you become too exhausted to think of anything else
but a full stop
for
an quick snore
or an eternal sleep.”
It sounds as if it were a clever trick of a gifted scam artist.
however, his “Walk with Me” approach has worked well for many people
It has turned him from an unknown Vietnamese monk
into
a Zen master
renowned around the world.
Now he has got the money and fame
from those who have relied
on
his tricky help
to ease their stress
A lot of people have started wondering
whether he is a genuine Zen master
or
just another
crappy scam artist
rising from the insane mess of the modern world.
11-9-2017
Thao Chuong Tran Quoc Viet

Pollution: How Would We Deal With It?

Pollution: How Would We Deal With It?

It’s up to us to take whatever best for us and for our own lives.
no one would dare 
challenge
us.

Why would they would care?
unless,
we’re
their loved ones.

So
go ahead
keep praying
if you truly believe in God,
who knows
He might help you cope with your own mess.
or
you
would do
whatever make you feel at ease
from the cluttered rubbish which we’ve dumped around our own home.

I myself believe
I’m the one
who has dug up my own hole
I
must
fill it up by myself
if I wanna get out of it.

It’s time for us to stop polluting:
the air we breathe,
the food we eat,
the water we drink,
the space we live in…

What the heck are we waiting for?
Let’s do it together
in our own way.
you pray;
I act.

10-9-2017
Thao Chuong Tran Quoc Viet

No Logic in Romaine

No Logic in Romaine

She prefers to take the brain with her,
whenever, she follows her heart
on the path 
of
romaine.

Alas, it’d be totally worthless;
simply, ’cause, there’d be absolutely
no logic in love
for
the brain
to comprehend.

As soon as, she falls into it;
her mind is blind;
her heart is lost
she’s drowned
deep
deeper
deepest
‘til she hits the bottom of the ocean o’ love
and gets stuck there for the rest of her life

It’s nearly impossible say good bye;
unless, she wanna get out of it
with
a troublesome mind
and a shattered heart.

09-9-2017
Thao Chuong Tran Quoc Viet

Hope

Hope

What’s going down must go up
sooner or later
for 
sure.

The sun always comes out after heavy rain;
we might see the clear sky
with a beautiful rainbow
in full spectrum
of
colours.

So long as we keep our hope intact,
everyone one of us will see the bight sunlight
after many days
in
the dark.

09-9-2017
Thao Chuong Tran Quoc Viet

The Sorrowful Autumn

The Sorrowful Autumn

Summer is drifting further away 
leaving behind an adoring sensation

Autumn is coming 
and 
creating
a confusing moment
as the breezy wind rustles inside tree canopies 
when it’s blowing colorful leaves.

White cloud forms a mournful headband on the sky
during the long funeral; 
in 
which 
it grieves for the dying summer. 
Hot and dried weather would be fully buried 
under layers of soggy leaves and rainfalls.

As if it were yesteryear, 
farewell footprints 
from the last Fall 
still 
could be seen 
on the olden trail.
Somehow it arises inside my inner self 
a wild-wild dream of strolling around on the lost path again.

Life in exile is always as painful as it would be 
I often feel as if I were a dying leaf
drifting 
very far away
from the main branch 
of my former homeland.

My emotion has been entwined like a tangled roll
that would have ever been undone
to its original norm
and form 
again.

08-9-2917
Thao Chuong Tran Quoc Viet

Sundry Notes: Man n’ Nature 

Sundry Notes: Man n’ Nature

wildfires from British Columbia and Washington State
have sent a thick blanket of smoke
all over Vancouver Island.

up high
in the sky
the sun looks dreamlike
as a crimson sphere embedded in a thick layer of mud.

low
visibility
on the ground
bluish, misty smoke hangs over the whole landscape.

the atmosphere is murkily hazy.
the air is chocked.
it’s
surreal.
everything is buried in gray;
as if it were the doomsday of the world.

“Grandpa, I wanna go out play”,
cried
the toddler.
I’ve tried my best to explain
why we have kept him and his brother inside for two days in a row.
yet, he’s too young to comprehend my stupid logic.

I have no choice but to keep my fingers crossed
in the hope
of
having strong wind
to blow the smoke away
and make those little kids’ days better.

06-9-2017
Thao Chuong Tran Quoc Viet.

On the Labor Day

On the Labor Day
 
Floating
in hot air,
strong smell of burning meat and loud music
that make me feel the festive mood of the noisy crowd
from the barbecue party next door.
 
‘tis a special day off for working people
not
for me
as a retiree;
however, I take this opportunity as an excuse for a break
from my mission impossible of restoring cluttered home and weedy garden.
High up
in the cloudless sky,
the sun is shooting its hot rays onto the ground.
I rest my back on a lawn chair inside the cool shade of a curling willow tree.
I take a beer
and let every sip slowly absorbed through my dried throat.
 
Now,
I’m harvesting the fruit
from the tree planted a long time ago.
Thanks to brothers and sisters of the past
those who sweated and shed their blood
to fight and advocate for the working people
to
have eight hours for work,
enjoy eight hours for recreation,
and take eight hours for rest.
 
On this special day off,
cheer to you
all working people
and all retirees who work at home without pay.
 
04-9-2017
Thao Chuong Tran Quoc Viet

The Far Left vs. the Far Right.

The Far Left vs. the Far Right.

Communists always blindly stay on the worn path
of Marxism
and Leninism;
for the so-called class struggle.
They’ve misleadingly claimed of aiming at a heaven-on-earth
in this bona fide life
for blue collar workers.

Instead, they’ve created a horrible hell-on-earth
Hundred millions of people died
in
genocides
and massacres
committed by these monsters
such
as
Joseph Stalin of Russia’s
Mao Tse-tung of China’s
Ho Chi Minh of Vietnam’s
Pon Pot of Cambodia’s
and currently in North Korea under Kim Jongun.

On the other hand, Christians worship God,
in the hope of having their souls sent to a heaven
after
their deaths.
somewhere in the unknown.

Particularly, in the United States of America,
the heart of capitalism,
those born-again Christians are the main force
in
the current rise
of white supremacy.

Those “bigoted” white nationalists of the alt-right
are noisily spreading hatred
against
other races
and religions.
The hardcore vanguards have tried their best effort
to bring back the good “old days”
of
slavery
in the distant past
for benefits of white supremacy.

Both the alt-left and the alt-right are at two opposite ends
of
the political
and social spectrum.
Like fire and water or dogs and cats,
They’re fighting tooth and nail to protect their strong beliefs.

Unfortunately, the majority of innocent people
always get caught in between.
no way to escape;
no
safe place to hide.

Let’s wait and see whether those “bigoted” white nationalists
could bring their highly divided nation
out of this serious mess
and
achieve
their noble goal:
to “Make America Great Again”.

18-08-2017
Thao Chuong Tran Quoc Viet

“In God We Trust”

 

Money has become the most powerful
amongst
all manmade religions;
’cause, it offers a genuine paradise-on-earth
in this “bona fide”
short life;
while all other faiths could only promise a fancy heaven
after death.

Money
is
God
that is blindly worshiped
by millionaires and billionaires.
Those money lovers would do anything without exception
to serve their almighty master
this includes
wars,
genocides,
environment destruction…

It’s purely the reason
why
in the heart of capitalism,
American people officially reinforce their belief in the value of money
on every bill of their currency
with
the fine print
“In God We Trust”.

As a result,
all US citizens
must trust their truthful billionaire leader
in
whatever he tweets,
regardless of the real facts.
Otherwise, you betray America – your beloved nation
as you have insanely kept
believing
in fake news
from mainstream media
that have unconditionally supported “Hell..ar’y Clint..on”
without
any good reason .

It is totally up to you – not anyone else
who would decide
your own
fate.
However, please don’t forget
there is always a price to be paid
for
whatever
you wanna take.

The only one question remains for you to answer:
Are you willing to trade love, compassion, friendship, harmony…
even democracy, freedom, human rights, clean environment, etc.
for
Money
the almighty God
that certainly helps you “Make America Great Again”?

Aug. 2nd, 2017
Thao Chuong Tran Quoc Viet

Forget Faked News! Let’s Talk about Naked Girls.

It’s a hot day;
The glazing sun drops its burning rays
on a heated beach,
somewhere,
in Florida.

Bright light reflection from aqua blue water afar
travels to the seashore;
blinds those thirsty eyes
hiding
behind
dark sunglasses.

“Fool-around” guys of many colors;
black, white, yellow, or so …
but mostly Cubans,
stroll about,
walk,
while moving their topless chests and butts
to the noisily rhythmic beats of Latin music.
Their “rolling-stone” eyeballs firmly rest on these fine breasts
(as luscious as carved turkey breasts nicely displayed on plates
ready
to be served
at Thanksgivings dinners).

Irritably girls are sunbathing virtually naked,
attractively sexy,
temptingly
hot,
in tiny pieces of bikinis.
They look as yummy as fresh squids
exposed
in direct sunlight,
ready to be dipped into hot sauce.
It tastes spicier than fried calamari in any Greek restaurant.

Oh my..!
God’s forbidden fruits
who of men would resist to commit this irresistible sin?

Whether they’re real for fake
under fine skin and in genuine flesh
or just purely plastic surgery
anyhow,
either way,
nothing men could lose.

C’mon!
Go head
Relaxed and feel good for yourselves
Let’s forget for quite awhile
about your seriously permanent headache
from
the touchy slogan:
“Make American Great Again”, won’t you?

Aug. 7 1017