THE WRITERS POST

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

VOLUME 7 NUMBER 2

JUL 2005

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 NGUYEN CANH NGUYEN

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A LITTLE MEMORY

OF MONACO

 

Translated by Do Vinh

 

 

 

Itís not a poem about a princess

very beautiful that everyone knows,

and itís not an article or essay

or a song about a kingís concubine

 

that so many people are and will continue

to waste much paper and ink on, if i could

just tell a simple little story

about a Diana

 

my very cute.Pretty, little Diana†††††††††††††

with a belt tight around her waist like a beeís,

who likes to laugh and has a very pleasant

voice, she is taking me up, and

 

down the stairs very sloped go in go in††††

go out go out go around the spacious levels ††††††

like leading an innocent and obedient

child easy to command easy to

 

threaten as never before.Listen here... Diana

is teaching and i am

learning how to talk and walk, yes uno

is one, duo is two,††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

 

tres is three, yes this feige

is a fruit, kiki

is a pink fruit, and kiwi

is the fruit kiwi

 

it canít be any other way, yes

this color is rosa and that color

is violet, yes and

the color of this flower is the color of love

 

and the color of this flower is the color

of separation, yes... yes...

i repeat to myself the words that Diana

remorsefully said, when we first

 

got to know each other and hurriedly part, to-†††††††

morrow you are gone, only i remain at

this house, and i will still have to go up go up

go down go down the stairs that is ever

 

so long, and i will have to go in go in go out

go out go around the spacious levels empty

and mumbling to myself the new words and

new verses not knowing when and what

 

verses more touching than the word the

verse Diana, my Diana.

 

†††††††††† †††††††††TRANSLATED BY DO VINH

 

 

 

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VOLUME 7 ISSUE 2 JULY 2005

 

Editorial note: Works published in this issue are simultaneously published in the printed Wordbridge magazine (ISSN: 1540-1723).

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