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Friends to Begin

Even though we're friends to begin
There could be something in the end
Like they say "You never know until you try"
This could be that wonderful guy.
Maybe we both feel the same about one another
Yet neither could tell the other.
I can sit and daydream about you all day
But when we talk I just don't know what to say
You're sweet, nice, and a guy I can adore
So it's not really the looks I'm looking for.
I want a man who likes me for me
Not just how I look or what he sees.
As time flew by with you in my heart
We grew together and couldn't be apart
Now that you're the man in my life,
I dream one day you will be my husband
And I'll be your wife.

Rose Tran  '95

Once upon a time, there was an island where al the feelings lived: Happiness, Sadness, Knowledge, and all of the others including Love.  One day it was announced to the feelings that Thailand would sink,  so all prepared their boats and left the island.  Love was the only one who stayed behind.  You see Love wanted to wait until the last possible moment before leaving.  The island was almost sunk, and Love decided to ask for help.  Richness was passing by Love in a grand boat.  Love said,  "Richness, can you take me with you?"  Richness answered, "No I can't.  There is a lot of gold and silver in my boat.  There is no place here for you."  Love decided to ask Vanity who was also passing by in a beautiful vessel, "Vanity, please help me!"  "I can't help you Love.  You are all wet and might damage my boat," Vanity answered.  Sadness was close by so Love asked for help, "Sadness, let me go with you."  "Oh... Love, I am so sad that I need to be by myself!"  Happiness passed by Love too; Happiness did not hear the cry for help, for happiness was so happy.  suddenly there was a voice, "Come Love, I will take you."  It was an elder.  Love felt so blessed and overjoyed that Love forgot to ask the elder's name.  When they arrived at dry land, the elder went on its way.  Love realizing how much it owed the elder and asked Knowledge, another elder, "Who helped me?"  "It was Time," Knowledge answered.  "Time?" asked Love.  "But why did Time help me?"  Knowledge smiled with deep Wisdom and answered, "Because only Time is capable of understanding how great Love is."

Van Nguyen & Quyen Nguyen

Confession on Jan, 1, 1999

Bless me father for I have sinned
I've had strong desires
To be vital for his survival
As important as food and shelter
His daily ritual
I yearn to be so close
That we share each breath
We dream together
The beating of our hearts
Is OUR song
He has become my life
With the ugliness stripped off
He is the tune I whistle
When I am jovial at 7am on Mondays
HE made me say the L word countless times
Lie hide, disobey my parents
All in the name of his love,
I am always fighting
My spirit screams
Inside the cage of my soul
That yearns to leave my body
To join him
Father, shall I be condemned?
To fall endlessly in the fiery
Bottomless pit of his love
Vainly waiting
For the cradle of his embrace
For all eternity?

Anh Bui