They say that you, a road builder Had such love for our country You rushed out and waved your torch To call the bombs down on yourself And save the road for the troops As my unit passed on that worn road The bomb crater reminded us of your story Your grave is radiant with bright-colored stones Piled high with
Lam Thi My Da
Lam Thi My Da was born in 1949 in Le Thuy District, Quang Binh Province, Vietnam. She attended Writers’ College in Vietnam and Moscow’s Gorky University and has worked as a reporter and literary editor. She is the author of five collections of poems in Vietnam, as well as Green Rice (Northwestern University Press, 2005), translated by Martha Collins and Thuy Dinh. Widely recognized as one of Vietnam’s major poets, she is the recipient of two awards from the Vietnamese Writers’ Association and the highest honors from the National United Board of Vietnamese Literature and the Arts. She lives in Vietnam.