Vivi Ngoc Phan

Grade 10; Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute

 

I am from books from cameras

    And clocks
I am from the sweet summer scented word

    Of my home.
I am from water, the trees
I am from lunar festivals and generosity

    From Trung and Hanh

    And Daniel.
I am from the aggressive and

    Gentle.

    From protection and

    Death.
I am from Buddhists.

    Calm and sincere.
I’m from Vietnam

    Pho bo vien

    Com suon nuong

    From the war

    the medicinal aid and the impoverished.
I am from Toronto where my childhood begins.
I am optimistic. I am

    A warrior.
I AM ME.