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Đinh Trường Chinh | Noon Came Rain (4)

Đinh Trường Chinh born 1970 in Hue, Vietnam. The American-Vietnamese poet and artist, computer engineer currently lives and work in Virginia, U.S.A.

Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm, the poet, born 1971 in Phu Nhuan, Saigon, Vietnam. A practicing pharmacist, who currently lives and works in Western Sydney, Australia.

By Đinh Trường Chinh , translation by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

Noon Came Rain***

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The rain came by the moor

the words blue mid-noon

from the wind an eave

lost midst a noiseless day

.

noon drapes a soul err

a poem so unknown

a heart ripen just

for the words to fly free

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rain noon on the alps*(xóm ngái)

the earth’s fragrance damp

words lay scattered wild

sided in the cracks of noon.**

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October 2018

~~~~~

Mưa Về Trưa

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mưa về ngang bến sông

bài thơ buồn giữa ngọ

ta tìm nơi trú gió

lạc giữa ngày khan âm

.

trưa vắt ngang hồn sai

một bài thơ rất lạ

tâm nào vừa rụng trái

cho chữ nghĩa la đà

.

mưa về trưa xóm ngái 

hương đất nồng phiêu diêu

bài thơ nằm vụng dại

thất giạt giữa khe chiều.

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*xóm ngái: indigenous mountainous villages in Vietnam; though the word “ngái” part of the phrase “ngái ngủ” descriptive of drowsiness. The poem hints of an afternoon nap.

** tried as I may, I couldn’t stick to 5 syllables.

***noon: a metaphor for midlife? 🙂

There’s a lot of wordplays, impossible to transform. Eg.  “Tâm nào vừa rụng trái”: tâm-heart, rụng trái- ripe fruit; a heart ripen fell, “ripen” is more accurate than “fallen” in my initial translation. “Cho chữ nghĩa là đà”: the meaning of the word; a life more meaningful will flow free like canopies swaying in the wind.

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

There's magic in translating a body of work from one language to another.

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