Poet Tran Dang Khoa (Photo: VNA)
New York (VNA) -
Stories about President Ho Chi Minh’s wise mind
and vision and his simple lifestyle and humanity were shared at a webinar held by
the permanent mission of Vietnam to the United Nations with renowned poet Tran
Dang Khoa on the occasion of the late leader’s 131st birthday on May 19.
Entitled “Tho, hoi uc ve Nguoi - Mot nhan cach lon” (Poems and memories
about President Ho Chi Minh - A great figure), the webinar featured Ambassador
Dang Dinh Quy, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the UN, and officials
from Vietnamese embassies and representative offices worldwide.
President Ho Chi Minh signs a decree on January 1, 1960. (File photo: VNA)
Six-three-year-old Khoa has spent years studying and writing about
President Ho Chi Minh. One of his first poems about the Vietnamese leader - “Anh
Bac” (a Photo of Uncle Ho) - was written when he was eight years old and in Grade
2. The pure and simple poem of a child was published in newspapers and won the
hearts of millions of readers around the country.
He said he is particularly impressed by how the President used talented
people. He made Vo Nguyen Giap, who then was a history teacher and had never
received formal military training, an army general.
American journalist Lady Borton once asked President Ho Chi Minh why he
promoted Giap, and he replied simply: “We have been fighting guerrilla style, and
so are our appointments. Giap has defeated all of the French Generals so he
must be a General.”
President Ho Chi Minh was a major inspiration for writers and music
composers, Khoa said, adding that most works about him are touching and
meaningful. The poet who wrote the most poems about President Ho Chi Minh was the
late To Huu, while the most beautiful works included those by late poets Viet
Phuong from Hanoi and Felix Pita Rodriguez from Cuba.
Ambassador Quy said that for people of his generation, born in the
1960s, poems about Uncle Ho, especially those from Tran Dang Khoa, are the most
beautiful and unforgettable, regardless of time./.