THE WRITERS POST

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

VOLUME 7 NUMBER 2

JUL 2005

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 NGUYEN LUONG BA

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TSUNAMI TSUNAMI

 

 

Translated by Do Vinh

 

 

When I first learned how to read, to write, to

listen see and understand, to imagine, to re-

member my life drifting afar to a

place that is suffering a natural disaster

 

The first time I heard tsunami

tsunami tsunami, tsunami tsunami

Oh, south asia where I am familiar,

had come to pass, had made landfall and so

 

Many love, Ladang, Penang

Galang Indonesia, when I on a boat crossing

the seas on a voyage

The horrible waves after waves and I know

 

That I have died on a stormy night

Oh but to let the boat sink

Oh the great storm quickly passing

powerfully and naturally without question

 

And I imagine the horror but how

could I imagine such horror when

the waves like the heavens crashing down

on the beautiful beaches like a dream where

 

There are people enjoying the

pleasures of the world so it begs the question

where is Godís mercy for a tsunami as such?

(a Christmas had just come to pass)

 

Too many people had been killed in a single

day quickly disappearing, quickly dissolving

while they were speaking and smiling in

this life.Life remains virginal

 

Letís look to the Southern sea and the mother

holding her child in Banda Aceh

had died but truly not knowing what to say!

But the sea is now calm, is that right?

 

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VOLUME 7 ISSUE 2 JULY 2005

 

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