THE WRITERS POST

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

VOLUME 6 NUMBER 2

JUL 2004

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 NGUYEN THI THANH BINH

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NIGHT WITHOUT POWER

IN THE US

 

(translated by NGUYEN NGOC BICH)

 

It was one of those nights, it seems

unlike any other night, a night of

thunderstorms that characterizes this

season in our city where there are plenty

But a thunderstorm-filled night in a

strange city is unbearable with its unending

rains, o of course there are always those

who forever wait day in and day out for a rain

a thunderstorm a torrential spring. To pour

down on a drought-ravaged life. What for

it's not sure nor is it necessary to know

why. And it never is clear why

thunderstorms can cause the lights to switch off

those scintillating lights out there. Out there

and I in here all of sudden are caught under

the stamping foot of the dark. Crushed

one night that must eventually go away

at least the worst part is not because

we find ourselves abruptly without power

(something that is rare indeed)

what is there remarkable about a night

without power as has happened countless times

where I used to live and love and...

where I still left a crescent of a moon

the difference being: at a far corner of a

strange land, there is this strange woman

in a strange night most strange of

all, wishing to find a little of a once familiar moon.

NGUYEN THI THANH BINH

 

 

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

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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