We got out of the car at the provincial capital's bus station at dusk.
Teachers and students laden with pots, pans, rice and other foods
trudged to a village 10 km away.
The 30m-long bus, with passengers packed together like sardines, was
inching forward by fits and starts as it made its way along the road
during rush hour, before crossing the flyover to enter the inner city.
It was first light in the morning. The dogs were barking deafeningly.
Diem got up suddenly and looked out of the canvas tent. There were two
dogs. One was black and the other cowhide-colored. She heard someone
When Mr An passed away my wife cried her heart out. As for me,
although I was just an outsider, I had to lean against a pillar, eyes
brimming with tears. My heart sank with pity.
We were the sappers stationed on Ngam Pass. We had to bear the rain of
enemy bombs throughout the night. When the raids were over, we started
to mend the road until day broke.
From the first day of the Lunar New Year to the fifteenth, her plate of
cakes for visitors had been stayed untouched. That made her remember the
hard time in her childhood when she had only dreamt of eating sweet
things to her heart's content.
Artist Thanh Doan looked up at the dark foliage and listened to the
cracking sound of rubber tree fruits. Sunlight shone through the thin
layer of leaves onto the ground, creating a fan-shaped light. A wierd
scene caught his attention.
I drove the herd of goats to the hill fully covered with wild,
sweet-smelling flowers. Under their feet, the torn purplish white
blossoms fell abundantly while they grazed on them. Loitering here and
there, I found my heart heavy with sorrow.
In my mind I pictured the river with Tri's motorised boat. Tri and
his boat were something on my conscience. Tri made his boat, which was
like the main character in a tragedy play. It was like an old leaf, so
delicate, but the man was more than that.
At the age of twenty Duong looked fairly handsome, with a fresh
complexion and gentle manners. Besides, he was always decently-dressed.
Surprisingly, as a clever bricklayer, he usually succeeded in keeping
fit and clean – even at work.