THE WRITERS POST

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

VOLUME 7 NUMBER 2

JUL 2005

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DUC PHO

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ACT Ö

 

Translated by DO VINH

 

 

 

I have seen the sunken jugs

rolling on the streets of Sai

gon, the sunken jugs rolling

with the dream motorcycles

from japan china and korea

and the cyclo pedicabs and

motorized... some by themselves...

 

The sunken jugs rolling with

the dust and trash and the trickery

and the thievery and the humanity

and the friendship and the happiness

and the sadness and the satisfaction

of shedding oneís skin†††††††††††††††††††

after a long day of mental labor and

physical labor and after a day

of baloney and peace without

incident and without work...

 

Itís like every sunken jug††††

carries with him a story†††††††

sometimes alike and †††††††††††††††††††††

sometimes unlike each other with

happy stories and sad stories

and stories both happy

and sad all rolled into one

some stories neither happy nor

sad... so that each sunken jug

rolls along their own way

sometimes alike and

sometimes unlike each other

rolling this way and that

zigzagging slowly like a turtle

cow or rolling feverishly with

not a care in life broken arms or legs

without a care for life theirs

or anyone elseís... what does it

matter such small things just

drink a few more sips and then roll on...

 

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VOLUME 7 ISSUE 2 JULY 2005

 

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