THE WRITERS POST

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

PREMIER ISSUE

VOLUME 1 NUMBER 1

JUL 1999

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DOAN PHU TU
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THE COLORS OF TIME

 Translated by NGUYEN NGOC BICH

                This morning, the birds songs are crystal clear
                          in the clear blue sky
                A warm perfume hangs in the air, like a breath of
                          spring love
                Bringing back to life memories of a thousand
                          year past
                O Princess of Ch' in, I silently offer this to you --
                A warm perfume, dyed deep in the course of time,
                          in the air ...

                The colors of time are blue, light blue
                The colors of time are purplish, a vast purple blue
                The perfumes of time are not excessive
                The perfumes of time are just right

                "A downy locket, cut with a golden knifelet
                "A thousand times shyly I offer it to you, my lord
                "As I must leave you in this lifetime, bearing no
                          grudge
                "I should rather cast down my eyes, having
                          betrayed you."

                The love of one life time is suddenly broken
                But an instant of love is enough to linger a lifetime...

 Translated by NGUYEN NGOC BICH


(This English translation version has been published in Songvan magazine [ISSN 1089-8123, discontinued in 2000], issue 11, Sept 1997, which is under the same ownership and editorship of The Writers Postís publisher and editor N. Saomai / Nguyen Sao Mai).

 

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