THE WRITERS POST

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

VOLUME 5 DOUBLE ISSUE WINTER 2003 SPRING 2004

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

QUANGDUNG

( 1921- 1988 )

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††††††††† EYES OF THE GIRL FROM SON TAY

 

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You evacuated from Son-Tay escaping the war

Iíd left that city since in fighting I took part

For long weíre separated from our village Bat-Bat

In the here evening green

There is nowhere in sight Ba-Vi Mountain

 

Your forehead reflects our homelandís sky

Your eyes the western vague melancholy

I remembered the cloud so white over Doai District*

Have you ever remember.

 

Since that autumn of the enemyís invasion

Ruins came, oh, after ruins had come

Much of tears filled the dry coral soil

If ever tears flooded your face?

 

Have you ever seen my mother?

Among corpses of the old overflowing the field

A little innocent brother also I have

O many a body of dead children on rivers floating

 

O the eyes of the girl from Son-Tay

That reflects such grief of this evening in exile

Such haunting sadness of being strayed from distant

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To ease the burden of our sorrow, letís dream

Of a tomorrow motherland. Tears would dry

On the roads the flowers blossomed.

 

Iím longing for returning to Buong-Can Plains

To climb Sai-Son Mountain

Beholding yellow paddy fields.

Sad and slow Day River

winding through Quoc-Oai District

Kite-flute echoing rhyme late in the night moonlit

 

The day Iím seeing you again

Into flowers Peace will blossom then.

Over the war of the old time will be

Will you then sometime remember me?

 

QUANGDUNG (1921-1988)

 

Note: *Doai District in Son Tay consists of 8 hamlets:

Vat Lai, Mong Cu, Thu Trau, Sen Chieu, Duong Lam, Van Gia, Ngoc Nhi, Phu NhiÖ

 

 

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

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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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