THE WRITERS POST
VOLUME 5 DOUBLE ISSUE WINTER 2003 SPRING 2004
( 1921- 1988 )
††††††††† 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
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† native soil
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?
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
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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