THE WRITERS POST - Du Tu Le - Vu dinh Dinh





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


JAN 2010



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††††††††††† †††††††††††††a poem byDU TU LE

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†††††† When I die, take me to the sea


When I die, take me to the sea

Living in exile, I donít even own a burial site

Buried in foreign soil, my body unlikely would decompose

My soul, unliberated, how would it find its way home?


When I die, take me to the sea

Undercurrents will tow my body away

Far away, on the other shore lies my beloved homeland

With lofty bamboo trees staying ever green.


When I die, take me to the sea

And remember, do not close my eyes yet

So that I can catch a last glimpse of my homeland

As my body may somehow reach its lovely shore.


When I die, take me to the sea

So that I can meet my children

And watch their tears streaming down

From their eyes sadder than darkness.


When I die, take me to the sea

On the way, be sure to sing the national anthem.

Alas! For a long time nobody has been singing it.

(It too now resembles a wandering soul.)


When I die, there will be no more sadness;

Life in exile effectively separates you from your own soul.



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