THE WRITERS POST

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

VOLUME 5 DOUBLE ISSUE WINTER 2003 SPRING 2004

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NGUYEN THI THANH BINH

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LOST IN THE ROLLING WATER

 

(translated by NGUYEN NGOC BICH)

 

 

 

April

White rain

Glittering drops

Echoing back into my heart

I stir my sadness in a bitter coffee cup

The near dawn bus

A legal entrant steps onto it searching

Near tears for a seat

On a bus forever without passengers

O, for twenty-five years she is still near tears

Looking for a place to stop

In a city

That still sees out-of-season rains

Blossoming white like your teeth

Where I still go in search of a shelter

Together with the migratory birds

April

It rains without stop

The rain washes over memories of asphalt roads where bubbles burst

I talk to the black driver about a homeland that is far truly far away

About white rains that blanket the sky in my home country

About long gone childhood summer days where I use to bathe in the rain

About leaking verandahs of life

And now

I sit shriveled in an empty bus

Next to a stranger of a man who likes to talk about flares

Illuminating a sky filled with darkness

About dream stars that never rise

And now I also only want to cry

And he sits there yawning discreetly

In a city where millions of lights never go out

In a place where face-to-face for a quarter century I still feel alien

April

Pebbles of my land

Are hurting--bad--my parolee feet.

 

Translated by Nguyen Ngoc Bich

August 6, 2002 (Massanutten, VA)

 

 

THE WRITERS POST (ISSN: 1527-5467),
the magazine of Literature & Literature-in-translation.

VOLUME 5 DOUBLE ISSUE WINTER 2003 - SPRING 2004

 

Editorial note: All works published in this issue are simultaneously published in the printed Wordbridge magazine double issue 3 &4 Winter 2003 & Spring 2004. (ISSN: 1540-1723).

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