Wrong Way Around 

I’d always thought 
Myself as being strong

In fact, opposite were true
Thoughts kept secret

Locked safely away

Inner emotions unharmed
Pain and suffering

Handled alone, quietly

Unable to burden others

Problems which are my own
In my eyes

I thought I was being strong
In others eyes

I was pushing them away
Withdrawing from everyone

Refusing anyone near

Only wanting to protect them

Hurting them instead

Of protecting them from the pain
Instead of being strong

Weak is closer to reality

Wrong way around
Happiness is to be shared

Even sadness and hurt

Especially those love ones

They feel your pain anyway 
Written by Tan Duc Thanh Nguyen

Wednesday, 29th March 2017

World Of Illusions 

Protective barriers

Installed subconsciously

Fragile yet holds firmly
Within the confines

Ignorance is truly blessed

Eyes which can not see

Ears which can not hear

An illusion cast aside
Light and dark

Can’t exist without another
Fear is dream’s shadow

Sadness an companion to happiness
Wall upon walls of illusion

Minimize confusion

In the midst of everyday life

Remember; our world is large
Written by Tan Duc Thanh Nguyen

Wednesday, 29th March 2017

First Time

Dawn appears

Through the darkness of night

Lights, blinding at first

Eyes adapted after awhile

Life; changed forever
In the darkness of night

Rising up above the silent sky

A moon reveals majestically 

Lights of the night appears

No longer alone in the dark

Companionship, of uncertainty
First time ever

Always something strange

A different form of unknown

Yet, once used of its appearance

One wonders how they lived

Without the presence; of the first time
Written by Tan Duc Thanh Nguyen

Tuesday 14th February 2017

In A World Of Maybes

​In A World Of Maybes 
Regrets linger

Between two worlds

A role forever played
Reality or fantasy

Dreams within desires

Maybe; alternative universe

What could of been
If choices were different

Faces of now, never be

Replaced by if only

Excuses endlessly blamed

Thoughts never existed
Maybe, maybe

Circumstances are better

Perhaps opposite is true

In a world of maybes

Exist a place for dreams

Hope thrives, survives
Written by Tan Duc Thanh Nguyen 

January 27th 2017

Dear Self 26/01/2017

Dear self,

It has taken 26 days into the new year to remember writing to you. It ain’t slack, just been busy. By busy I meant I’d forgotten.

So the decision to take writing to another level has been made eh? You had taken your sweet time making up your mind. About time.

Hopefully this year will outshine the last. Seems impossible to do but as you know, nothing seems out of reach. The results of last is the perfect example. Risked were taken yet gained a thousandfold.

Anyways, back to sleep, I mean back to being busy.

Take care you.

Eyes Of Another

Through the eyes of another

To see what they see

Different perception of life
Wild creatures in the fields

Playful by nature

Without worry nor responsibility

Through the open fields they ran

Sense of freedom, we’ll never know
Creatures of the wide open ocean

Vast territory to explore

Secrets of the deep; only they know

What an amazing adventure that would be

A whole new world we barely touched
Through the eyes of another human

Especially those that experienced much

Sorrow, pain and heartbreak

Tormented by regret and blame

Only then shall we truly understand

The simplest, smallest of efforts

May mean everything to those who has none
Written by Tan Duc Thanh Nguyen

January 16th 2017


For the longest time

Hatred controlled my thoughts

Turned my heart into stone
Truly believed I was left behind

While life continued on without me

Till envy and jealousy overflowed

Truth be told; fault was my own
Refused to move with time

Stubbornly stayed in the past

Watched as everyone slowly fade away

Until a stranger to myself I am
Realization resulted by acceptance

Truth shall never fade from existence

Always lurking in the background

Patiently awaits when it’s time

Glorious, beautiful; lessons of life
Written by Tan Duc Thanh Nguyen 

Thursday 13th 2017

Art Of Poetry


How wonderful

Magnificent you are

Showing me places

I’d never imagined
Blessed relief

From years of pain

Healing begins within

A lesson taught by you

Truly a modern day miracle
Oh poetry,

Where would I be now?

If we never crossed paths

Most likely still lost

Wandering around without a clue
I thank you dear poetry

For opening locked doors

Showing me a brand new world

In the past I scoffed at the word

It wasn’t time; I wasn’t ready yet
Copyright by Tan Nguyen

Wednesday 19th of October 2016