THE WRITERS POST

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the magazine of Literature & Literature-in-translation.

PREMIER ISSUE

VOLUME 1 NUMBER 1

JUL 1999 ††

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SONG HO
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THE MOUNTAIN

Translated by SONG HO

 

          When I see the mountain of Fan-Si-Fan
                    Standing lofty in the sky
                    In the evening
                    With the beautiful sunshine

                    It is the happiness of my mind
                    It is the happiness of Human Being
                    To pursue the ideal of life.

                    I will go to the mountain over there
                    In many ways
                    Although it is separated by obstacles.
                    The parting may be in my footsteps.
                    The parting may be in my thoughts,
                    Or a vital-forced idea.

                    Time! Time! Time!
                    Sweet or Bitter?
                    Effective or devastating?
                    The mountain, I haven't seen it, now!
                    I haven't seen it now (repeat).

                    I was covered with clouds
                    With thunder and storm.
                    As fire and smoke,
                    As ammunition and bombs.

                    But the Mountain
                    I never forget it.
                    I never forget it.
                    I never forget it.
                    In my childhood I stood
                    Under the Kapot-tree.
                    Flowers blossoms above me
                    In the spring days
                    In a deep red.

                    A flock ofstarting twittering, flitting
                    from tree to tree.
                    And then
                    Hurling in to the air.

                    A group of white herons spreading wings
                    On the golden rice field.
                    And a river flowing peaceful.

                    It is the happiness of this country
                    Simple and real.
                    It is also reality.
                    As the mountain
                    standing lofty in the sky.

Translated by SONG HO
(This English translation version has been published in Songvan magazine [ISSN 1089-8123, discontinued in 2000], issue 14, Sept 1999, which is under the same ownership and editorship of The Writers Postís publisher and editor N. Saomai / Nguyen Sao Mai).

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