THE WRITERS POST

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

VOLUME 7 NUMBER 2

JUL 2005

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHU VUONG MIEN

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two poems by CHU VUONG MIEN

 

translated by Peter Le Nguyen

 

 

 

THE WORDS

 

Words have no meaning

Unless used by the writing

There are words in front

As are those in the back

And even some in the middle court

Words are made long and short

There are words we use common everyday

There are words that are capitalized, which we say

There are words that are connected by the heart

Yet we drift us far apart

Some words depend on others to be refine

There exist words above all others all the time

There are words that are equal

From the beginning to end with no sequels

 

WHITE CRAB

 

People who harvest for food are exhausted and showing disillusion

Because this, some steal from others with no conclusion

Great civilizations bleed each other like a leech

While you prance around all day and night, on top of the beach

Making a castle of sand, since you have no goals to reach

Like the wheel of a mouse cage our lives turn

Cycling all day and all nigh what can we learn

Forgetting to sleep which we all yearn

Our lives work too heard and much to get the boot

Bathing in our birthday suits

Swimming in a river full of suffering and hounding

Ultimately yet slowly drowning

While you live the life without even frowning

 

Translated by Peter Le Nguyen

 

 

 

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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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