THE WRITERS POST

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

VOLUME 7 NUMBER 2

JUL 2005

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 LUU HY LAC

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NIGHT IN TENDERLOIN

 

Translated by Do Vinh

 

 

 

Itís night-time, very cold, a crowd

of black Americans still gathered below

the street askew-corner from the window

to my room, strange the ongoing

 

noise and sound that forbids

sleep;i lean out the

window, weird! a crowd of

black Americans disorderly; i

 

glance about from the corner of the

street a white male loitering about, he is

looking for drugs, he approaches one

guy to the next, i shiver violently;

 

suddenly the black American crowd yells

out, got together and grabbed the white male;

oh, one after another they beat on him

i froze looking on

 

in outrage, there were black females just

as aggressive as the males kicking at him

and stepping on him;i thought i really

donít know what to do,

dial 911 with my choppy

English, the white male is about

to be beaten to death;

itís dark, and very cold, i climb back into

 

bed shaking, curling in the corner

askew-corner from the window

to my room the white male lies stiffly

still, right above the street lamp there is

 

a sign in bold letters--

DRUG FREE ZONE.

 

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VOLUME 7 ISSUE 2 JULY 2005

 

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