THE WRITERS POST - Nguyen Thi Thanh Binh





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


JAN 2010




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††††††††† a poem byNGUYEN THI THANH BINH

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† translated by Nguyen Ngoc Bich




†††††† Claiming my right to being a nitwit


No, I ainít going to waste my time caviling with God

Playing into the hands of a fella who loves kneading statues

Me who even in my worst moments of despair

Too late anyway

Entertain a second of blindness

Coming and going, whereto

Unable to fix my direction

In this saharic confusion of Life

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What has God done with his lump of clay?

What have I done in a wink of time?

No, I donít wish to remember

The moths of Destiny

No, I donít wish to think of you either

A wisp of smoke, a thread of cloud, a dewy breath, a ripple of

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† wave... (so be it!)

And of course there is no changing this chance meeting

Into a glorious eternity

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That day so recent now so far away

That place where there were smiling lips

Reflecting the jellow of night

Leaves whirling deep into a dark pool of sensitivity

Flower secrets of accumulating moon streams

In between my legs is your jail

You go on sucking on the sacred grove

Rasping thirst after trails of kisses

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In your sorcererís hands

I feel like an army of apprentices

In this game of destiny

I have the right to dumbly love numberless men without sinning

Since God had blown into his lump of clay

A chilly wind that will last a thousand years...


†††††††††††††††††††††† NGUYEN THI THANH BINH



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