THE WRITERS POST

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

VOLUME 7 NUMBER 1

JAN 2005

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 UYEN NICOLE DUONG

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TWO SONGS FOR SEAN

 

 

 

 

To Sean, who does not like poetry, for our last night in the mountains

And the unconditional caring you gave

during a time I blinded myself, lured away, in search for image of the homeland

Uyen Nicole Duong

February 2005

 

 

One

 

The woman you love

 

 

She takes a shower tonight  to wash away her sorrow. 

all her wounds have just been healed

the shape remains the same

 

water running down her side

reminding her of something you said

 

mat hanh nhan long lanh ngan le

tren da nui doi dong dua mau nhiet doi

 

tearful almond eyes sparkling in the dark

on bronze skin, hilltops and mountain caves, tropical colors

 

all gone now

 

she wants to send you the following:

 

are you too afraid to try? 

too old to conquer? 

too coward to take the beating?  

 

can you look down your antiquated soul

finding in almost a hundred years

a culture that causes you to bleed

and tell yourself truly

you no longer love her?

no longer need her?

no longer wanting to take her home

and  wipe away her tears?

and make her feel whole

and do right this  time

 

Or

simply

on valentine's day

you'll run away

to some park

and watch the birds kiss

 

and tell yourself

you are safe...

deliver your words to her:

 

for her

I don't want to be safe

 

 

 

Two

 

The upkeeps

 

Remember today

Her tempest

severing

her from you

 

Are you too scared to pick up the pieces

and mend them whole?

 

she has sent back all your things

the upkeeps

keep them on some shelf

memories of days past

 

one does not throw away memories

 

the things you gave

too little to occupy a space

she wants your tales

your openness

your integrity

your honesty

your pain

your anguish

your years

your present

your past

 

all she ever got

were just the things you sent

too little to occupy a space

or bind her to you

 

so you've got to hold on

a space on the shelf

and return them

when she stops by one day 

to claim what was once hers

 

when time is due

 

and fate is near

 

before your final sleep

 

 UYEN NICOLE DUONG

 

 

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

VOLUME 7 ISSUE 1 JAN 2005

 

Editorial note: Works published in this issue may be simultaneously published in the printed Wordbridge Magazine Issue 6 January 2005 (ISSN: 1540-1723).

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