THE WRITERS POST

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

VOLUME 6 NUMBER 2

JUL 2004

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 HOANG XUAN SON

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SUDDENLY ONE DAY

 

(translated by NGUYEN NGOC BICH)

 

 

 

I have lived here all of three years

but havenít got a high nose or blue eyes

All of a sudden, one day I became a citizen of X country

Itís all there, on paper, fully spelled out

That I enjoy every right, of every sort

 

 

O itís stinging enough enduring three years !

At any rate I should still say thanks to this land of†††††††††† indifference

Which indifferently turned me, an unskilled one, into a skilled one

I can now handle hammer and pliers without too much shame

 

 

Are we happy on this day of skin shedding ?

We shed our immigrantsícoat, always on the receiving end .

How come tears keep welling in our eyes ?

Are they tears of happiness or tears for our uprootedness ?

 

††††††††††††† HOANG XUAN SON

 

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

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VOLUME 6 ISSUE 2 JULY 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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