THE WRITERS POST - Nguyen Phan Thinh - Phan Tan Hai

 

 

 

THE WRITERS POST

(ISSN: 1527-5467)
the magazine of Literature & Literature-in-translation.

VOLUME 11 NUMBER 1

JAN 2009

 

NGUYEN PHAN THINH

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a poem by NGUYEN PHAN THINH

translated by Phan Tan Hai

 

 

 

A Stranger

 

i am nave, live like an

idiot, sway my legs out of

 

the bridge, lower my head to watch

the flowing river, and raise

 

my head to watch the floating cloud.

and they see me listen vaguely

 

the wind -- hum and hum in the ears,

hum and hum in the head, hum and

 

hum nigh and day, hum and hum fretfully,

unendingly. i hazily sit,

 

i fuzzily fly and i clumsily

cry inside while facing all the pained,

 

the shadowed, the benumbed so tragic

is the life. all are mad, all are

 

ruined, and all are stinks. thus i

fly beneath the stars, and i fly

 

alone while my heart breaks and

nobody knows. i sit and swing

 

my bare legs out of the bridge,

while people go back and forth busily,

 

acting as worker bees daily

in an artificial beehive

 

for life. i fly with the cloud, flow

with the river, and float alone

 

into the vast ocean, and i

suffer that nobody shares

 

a love and a belief. i am

lonely, fly calmly over

 

the abstract and metaphysical

death, and always feel nave or

 

insane just like a stranger in

my hometown. how could i live

 

indifferently in life with those

who are so unrighteous and so

 

uncompassionate that trees are

growing upside down and that worms

 

and bugs are becoming gods.

 


 

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VOLUME 11 ISSUE 1 JAN 2009

 

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