THE WRITERS POST

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

VOLUME 12 NUMBER 2

JUL 2010

 

LEAVING PARADISE

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a poem by TAN DA (1889-1939)

translated by Vu Dinh Dinh

 

 

 

Leaving Paradise

Peach petals were sprinkled along the paradise path

As clear creeks and golden orioles all came to bid farewell!

Half a year of blissful life in Paradise,

One step of miserable existence on Earth,

Olden vow and little love were just that and no more!

 

Stones are cut, mosses turn brown,

Water runs deep, flowers float around,

And cranes fly high,

Disappearing into the blueish sky!

 

Now Heaven and Earth are again forever separated,

The grotto gate,

The mountain top,

The beaten path,

Reminiscences of a thousand years of

A moon-washed celestial stroll.


 

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VOLUME 12 ISSUE 2 JUL 2010

 

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