Poetry by Quynh Nguyen inspired by 𝙈𝘼𝙍𝙆 𝙔𝙊𝙐𝙍 𝙒𝘼𝙇𝙇 Color Palette #08
𝗤𝗨𝗬𝗡𝗛 𝗡𝗚𝗨𝗬𝗘𝗡 has been a strategic planner for several key brands in a vast range of industries from hospitality to banking to automobile and to even real estate. A wordsmith at heart, she recently released her book of poetry which celebrates the joys and the agonies of love. We are thrilled to share with you a poem she wrote inspired by 𝙈𝘼𝙍𝙆 𝙔𝙊𝙐𝙍 𝙒𝘼𝙇𝙇’s Color Palette #08.
Hi Quynh, tell us more about yourself.
My name is Quynh. I am a young poet who lives and works in Saigon, Vietnam. I am now a Strategy Director for VMLY&R and in May 2022, I published "When Dead Birds See the Light" as my first collection of poetry. The book is available internationally on Amazon.
In what way has art helped you thrive?
Art has changed my life upside down. I was born a romantic but after the age of 6 I have been living rationally, having straight As and a corporate career with a good social network. Being able to find poetry as an outlet and being able to voice my creations has opened me up to the transformative power of love. The inner world of darkness and demons still exists but I have found a powerful weapon of light to deal with it. Without love, I couldn't have created poetry, and without poetry, I wouldn't have been able to love fully and vulnerably. Which is the only way it has to be. Poetry brings light to the darkness inside me and around me.
How did this color palette inspire this poem?
This color palette feels very earthy to me. It reminds me of feeling warm and safe sitting in my mother's lap, being held by my lover, or walking barefoot on this Earth.
The poem that this palette inspires me to write is called "Uprising"
There is a war going on
A cold cold one
My love, the scary thing is
I don't see fires
If there are fires there is something to believe in
Like a new life that rises from the ashes
I see numbers where there should be fires
I see graphs and charts where there should be temples
I hear chatter where there should be screams
The earth is soiled, dirty, depleted
She lies there naked, with a smirk on her face
Laughing silently at men who are too stupid to understand
That her infinite powers are waiting patiently, evenly, comfortably to be reborn
My love, the times we are living in now
There is a war going on
Mediocrity is gathering force
In the form of weapons of mass destruction
Invisible gas, choking the life out of brilliance
Warriors are dead
Stomped upon by citizens who are too busy law-abiding
that they forget to be human
Prayers are said mindlessly in the name of
And I love you's are said
in the name of pride and pleasantries
My love as I walk these derelict streets, watching the planet being reborn
I don’t want to let go of your hand
It’s a long and tedious labor she’s going through
But let’s not lose heart
It’s the screamless nights waiting for the coming of dawn and the birth of something new
But let’s not run from pain
It’s the coldness making this land barren
But let’s not lose our fire
With a single drop of red and a guttural cry you and I can spread
the essence of us against
Thanks for collaborating with us Quynh! You can support this budding artist by getting a copy of her book of poetry here:
𝘈𝘳𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦, 𝘸𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘵𝘰 #𝘪𝘨𝘯𝘪𝘵𝘦, #𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘯𝘦𝘤𝘵 𝘢𝘯𝘥 #𝘴𝘶𝘱𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘫𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘴 𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘤𝘩 𝘳𝘢𝘪𝘴𝘦 𝘢𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘪𝘯𝘤𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘦 𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘭 𝘸𝘦𝘭𝘭 𝘣𝘦𝘪𝘯𝘨. 𝘍𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘪𝘯 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘢 𝘸𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘥𝘦𝘴𝘪𝘨𝘯 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘤𝘶𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘮𝘪𝘻𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘰𝘸𝘯 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘮𝘦𝘢𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘧𝘶𝘭 𝘮𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘢𝘨𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘵 𝘸𝘸𝘸.𝘮𝘢𝘳𝘬𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘸𝘢𝘭𝘭.𝘤𝘰𝘮
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