restricted access Nguyễn Bįnh Khiêm
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NguyỄn BỈnh KhiÊm 409  Nguyê ˜n Bi ̉nh Khiêm (1491–1585) Ironic Apology This annoying war. And I, comfortable in my horror of it, content, safe, solitary, terribly concerned, of course. My duty pledges me to my former lord and I must keep my word, remain apart, aloof— all an immortal can hope for. I should not have to face the world, only sing a little, meditate, blend my soul with the universe. This inconsiderate war. I must dwell on the word “contentment,” a poet, an immortal, after all. Anyone can be involved, of course. How many people can choose fame? Nguyen Ngoc Bich and Robin Morgan, 1967 ...