THE WRITERS POST - Double Issue Jan 2007 Jul 2007 - Song Ho





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


JAN 2007

JUL 2007



†††††††††† ††††††††SONG HO

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†††††††††††††††††††††† THE UC TRAI GOURD

†††††††††††††††††††† MUSICAL INSTRUMENT


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The Uc-Trai is Nguyen Traiíspseudonym. He is a great

Vietnamese hero written The Big public notice to pacify

the China invaders in 1428 and later he had been punish-

ed by death withthe exterminationthree generations.

This isthemost inhuman in the world.



The gourd musical instrument.

Has a unique string.

Why are these sounds.

Fullof sorrow ?


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String was vibrating.

To press between the fingers.


The look of the decapitating.

A head falling.


The great generosity.

Dazzling the sky.

For what reason ?

An unfair accusation.

With three generations.


The whole conduct of his life is right.

But be defeated.

Their dishonest proud and wicked.

Also a powerful official are not fine.


Difficult to live in peace.

And in a poor life.

Unlike with glory and money.

No near and distant relatives.


The merit is big.

As the sea without boundary.

For a reason with this possession.


Harmful to life.


The ways of the world.

Ungraceful and inhuman.

What nerve !The wrong men.

With misunderstanding.

Become the right ones.


To think over.

For laying a scheme is really well.

To carry out their plan.

Taking an opportunity for Kingís death.

Because of fleshly lusts.

Killing the three last names of all families.


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His merit has transformed into a felony.

Nobody reminds Him.

They must keep out of trouble.


However, in the rationalÖinterpretation.

There are jealousies and party.


And provincialism.


Earth and Heavens.

With inborn virtue.

Still Anh Vo alive. (*)

To propagate the lineage.


The old vigorous style.

Brightens unceasingly.

Near the nation.

Far from foreign countries.


That one had killed him.

His family and relatives.

But not killed his name in his country.

It should understand both of them.


In the rare reality.

That is an extraordinary talent.

Words are high as the summit mountains.

Sentences as long as the deep rivers.


In the immense ocean.

Like him in heart and mind.

To be in agreement with thoughts.

As the moon and stars in sky.


Where is the Big public notice to pacify Chinese invaders?.

Has been read already and rememberedforever.

We want to cut their heads off.

A clique of evildoers.


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Listen to the sorrowful sounds of the Gourd musical

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Suddenly the grieved Uc-Traiís soulappearing.


†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† SONG HO

(Vietnamese version was published in Khoi Hanh

Vietnamese Culture Magazine # 90, California in 2004)††††††††† ††††††††††††

(*) Anh Vo is an unique child alive from escaping with his

mother. He is an infantof another concubine after Nguyen

Trai had beenpunished by death. Three generations are

the families of Fatherís last name, Motherís last name and

Wifeíslast nameOR†† three personsí life: Father and

and their children and relatives ,Mother and her relatives,, himselfand his wife relatives.††


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