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     behind the image, the imagination

                                                        --Mong-Lan

                                                     

        

 

Poems by Mong-Lan, translated into the Vietnamese by Cu An Hung

   

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Cat, Ruoi & Ca

The gii ngoc xanh

Sa ec doi am

Hang ong--Vnh Ha Long   

 

 


Mong-Lan   

Cat, Ruoi & Ca

 

Cu An Hng dch  

t tap th Song of the Cicadas  

 

 

1  

 

toi lay mot coc nang hap hoi, nhap. 

nhng qua nui x Mien cut ngun ben phai toi. vnh Thai Lan trc mat. cong an bien phong trong ong phuc nhan nhau van nh nhan vat phong nen. nang gat khien toc ho dep lep trong nhng vet mo hoi. mot con mong bien mo cat en. en en noi anh tng ang ke a nguc. toi ch mat tri xuong cham bien. buon non. chieu chieu om xom tin tc quoc noi t nhng loa phong thanh. nhng chuyen ong cham cua the gii. khoi mu cua la. mau bau tri xa tren bien khong xng.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2  

 

du toi ta ky tng chi tiet, toan the van thoat khoi anh. lam sao anh thay canh pha nam nay cua luc a -- ang g chang? hoac bai cat en thoai thoai xuoi vao mau xanh bien, hoac nhng qua nui x Mien ay canh giac. ang g chang neu toi ke cung anh ve nhng con tau au trc ca so toi, rang luc khong trong phong, toi dao chi an bui trong thon xom du a gang nan n. tnh c xay ra cho mot phu n. nhng chuyen nay xay ra. nhng tai nan nay. toi nhn bung toi phong v hat giong an ong, ngi ay mot cai bong. toi thoc vao ong muoi chap chn trong anh chieu, va lay trom bat c g co the em ra ch ban. khoe, nhng buong phoi cua at. giong nam cao cua at ay lo tai be th con toi.

    

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

  

canh nay cua the gii ch th mot li dao. nhng ngi lai xe om cong lng i, nhng ong ho tren ben tau, cai nhn ue oai tm khach ay. Cai nay, ao giac cua cai kia.

   

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

  

ruong muoi long lanh anh sang bien. nhieu anh sang en noi co the khien anh chet ni ay. nha tre lenh khenh tren cat. nha nha san sat en noi chung chia xe cung anh phan quang t mat nc. vn tieu nh trng en kho trong nang. ni ay toi mang thai va sanh con au long. ngon tay con toi tap tang toc khi cham cat. no cho ca tuy y bi trong phoi va dong mau. vat trung gian la bien va tri kia, no vao ca hai. mot hom toi cho no i qua xa, va nhng lan song en ap ti lay mat con toi.

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5

  

dan chai , mai me trong mot the gii khac. bay ca anh ve, kho tren li kim loai treo nghieng -- bui bam rau cong veo cua nhng con mc moi. ho ngoi xom hut thuoc ghi nhan tng tieng lao xao tren ng. da ho noi gan, ben bet nh at set. ho nam tren vong, ruoi muoi xoay mong mong quanh au. ho biet ten that cua anh, khong can hoi.

     

  

  

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6

  

mai toc to chuot cua mot ngi an ba. ba g toc loa xoa tren mat. am tre am thum thup len ngi ba. ba quet qua quet lai cai gay, keu re mot ieu g o. am tre ci. s kch ong trong mat ba. ba lac l  ap tien len quay tiem mua o an. am tre ci. toan than chan ong, ba nem o an vao am ong. chung lai ci. ba, ao quan xoc xech ao bung ng ch, quan bui bam, day ban chan chai. them nhng cu am len ngi. nhng cu chot vao cai gay. co ngi en xua lu tre va chan am ong, ba thot len li cam va la trang, nhng con mat xuyen lng ba. trong a say ien, ba vt cau noi khong tra ph.  lu huynh sui bot xuong cam, mai toc to chuot bng la ti tri cao.

   

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

  

ho coi at, canh chng khong kh. bui va bui. khan tang ngang tran. ngi toc chm bac cui au chuyen tro. thanh nien mat tron ay qua, gao muoi, l hng, mau en nga vang & hnh chup lng thien ong ba ong co ba s.  ho trng dien cho no, cai giong nh no, thoa phan, iem to, chai ngc toc. sinh thi no la g, luc chet con hn the.be th con toi chet yen bnh. khong ai lam chng, tr chim.

  

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

  

bien uon quanh at nh ca mac cau, tham th cung chnh no. tren nhng tam than tieng hat hue tnh.  nhng can nha thuan tre. phu n gia tom thanh bot, sau khi phi kho tren nhng tam vuong hong.  ruot g, xa vao vnh Thai Lan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9

  

sang sang lu heo ti ben eng ec keu v s song. tng hang ca mc ang kho tren li, nh ma. khap thon xom nc mui ca kho ca mc.  tre em Viet coi TV x Mien. di ban chan toi cat en am cung noi bang ngon ng khac, rang oi khang rang tho ng oi khang tho ng, li that t bac ch nam vao ti b bien va at nen. x s nao ay? ay que toi, thng goi vay.   chnh ni sanh con toi, ni no chet.  co le ieu tot nhat ay, tat ca cai no a thay la mat tri nay.

         

nguyen tac tieng Anh in trong tap

Pushcart Prize Anthology XXIV.

 

Tran Tien Dung a nguyen tac.

   


 

Mong-Lan 

 

Cu An Hng dch

nguyen tac tieng Anh trong Berkeley Poetry Review.  

 

 

 

                                           The gii ngoc xanh

 

 

                                                                       1

 

toi ghi nh tng lai

nh nhng con mong bien quay ri t ke h gia may tang

 

                                       an ong bc     mat moc tren mong ho

                                                             nhng ke khac bung ep sat cat

                                   mot ngi an ba       tren vu ong a mau trang & li ca

                                ngi ta nghe cung bac cua ai dng

                                                        va ap

 

                                                                      nhng con e

                                                              thng nghe , khong phai the

    

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                    2

                                          

                                    di bong mat ai dng

                                                      cham moi th trong tam nhn

                                             cai co ac bat len

                                                 t anh sang & nguyen to

                            khong g bt i ngoai tr the gii ang lam nguy

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                        3

 

                                                       toi a ngng tm hieu canh

                            ngi coi TV loan tam than 12 gi moi ngay

                                                   bm ru vi mat kien la

                                       giam oc khach san vi mon tht ga t mau giot giot ri

                                               viec tha noi ban tay cuoc tan sat ngi Serb

                       mat tri tien cong ca so nhao xuong at

                                                     nhng con vt hoang da ap v

                                               cai gng

   

 

                                                                         

 

 

 

 

                                                                        4 

 

                                         v hi th hat cuoi cung cua thien nien ky

                           mot bai ca Viet buon tham nc n

                                   thanh am nh nhng cai to bang s 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                        5 

 

                                                              toi ghi nh

                                      tng lai        so phan nh hi ky cuc

                             phai kien tr mau mot cai tu lanh

                                                                   s ong bo &

                                mot rng Phat ngoc xanh

 

 

 

                                                   


Mong-Lan   

Cu An Hng dch

t tap th Song of the Cicadas  

 

Hang ong

Vnh Ha Long

                                     

                                        

                                                                                1

 

                                                 Mai cheo ngng     tha chung toi len b

                                         ngi lai o     nhan nho

                                                                  biet khong nhan c 5000 tien rieng

                                ngi ay ng     nc lanh ti mat ca chan

                                                                                  vn con o quoc doanh

                                         lam cho da      da ngi ay

                                 mau bun                          mat toi doi theo

                                                thuy trieu buoi sang ang rut

                                 t ben nc

                                                    ( loe sang

                                         anh phan ong lai )     khoi ac mau ngoc lam

                                                    nh nui         moc a nhuom en

                                                            bung con o

                                         ang nham nhap no

                                                             nc trong chay vat ngang tri

 

 

                                hang ong loai di biet bi     toi khong nuot

                       cai tam toi            a tang di got

                                                                          con ca d neu toi say chan

 

                               mang nhu a gap chuong nhu a     nhng cuoc ngau phung

                                                 nghn nam mi thanh

 

 

 

 

                                                                    2

 

                                                trc ve o tai cua nhat thc

                                        moi ngi

                                               mat thang bang

                               ben trong        co bam bong

                                  ngi tnh         s co khi nga

                                                       than hnh co mot bong hue trang va en

                                                                               noi bat ni vom hong

                                  bau tri         co khong an g sang nay

                                            tr mot qua chuoi

                                                             em cai da day bnh

                           nhng giot nc gieng ri t tach

                                                   sau pha trong cac vua a chi c

                                                         cuoc tng tranh t ngan xa

                                                                                        khong ke thang

        

 

                                       m mt s bat - sanh cua tien - k c

                                                 co quen em theo en chp

                               hoa giai a         mang nhu a

                                               mot dong kinh e xo xau

                                                                          nhng y ngh trong co

 

 

 

 

                                                                        3

 

                                nhng con di an bong toi

                                                               khi ai dng nuot chung toi

                                     t nhng trang nay bau tri se noi g

                                                  ve        ong hang di?

                                                             hai mi nam     ban chat xau a

                                          chm trong quen lang

 

                              quay lai ben: bau tri bang xng

                                      sng mu chay mau tren chop nui

                                                      tren mat nc ach nhng con thuyen

 

                              on ao tieng ong c diesel

                                    mot cai au khong lo bang a

                                                            mng tng chung toi

                                hai tang a        hai con ga choi nhau

                                               mot con cho a ay canh giac lang im quac mat

 

                                          ban tay toi cham chan tri

                                                                                uoi cho a cai sang co vay

 


Mong-Lan   

Cu An Hng dch

t tap th Song of the Cicadas  

  

                                      Sa ec doi am

                                                                           

                                               "The  gii rong ln va phc tap tuy rat ro"

                                                                                 --Marguerite Duras                                                                                 

       

Kinh ong c the trc va ap cua at va bien - -

                                    Toi i chi xa en Sa ec tm ch

                                         Toi a bay qua Thai Bnh Dng rong ln va trong

                       cang phan ao nh toan-hoc

                                        Toi a nhieu lan len pha qua song Mekong

            mot vung nc phien ha          cua lang quen va ngheo kho

                    va lang nghe dong song

            va khoc - -

                  Toi tm thay trng tieu hoc     vang-au-nanh vi nhng mang ngi xanh

                                      ni me ch tng day

                               va hom nay trng ngh sm nhan dp le co ong yeu nc

            tng am ba me ong bo

                                         ngoi vat veo

            nong ruot i ch con ve - - ho co the ch

                                   i ch      i ch

            chnh Phat hay Chua

                                   hien than

                             t bui

 

                       

   khi thay t xa mot dinh th  kieu Trung Hoa       trang tr cong phu

            vi nhng vien ngoi minh hoa truyen tranh      toi ngh

                                     at ay mot ni quan trong

                                          va ni ay van quan trong      chnh quyen bien toa nha

                   thanh on cong an      anh co the thay cong an bon nam ngi    

                        ngoi chi bai chan gac len ban

                                   co hng dan cho toi hay o ni ngi tnh tng song

                        lau ai cua than phu ngi tnh (mot ong quan mien Sa ec)

            tin c chang li co ay      nhng lau ai kia (khong am am xanh)

                                               mat oi mat song Mekong di tam bien on cong an

                                                           ho co nhng bc hnh cam khac

                                     do may man (hoac lech ng) ma co

            Toi nhn thay bong linh hon ch nh mot a be

                                           y phuc gian d mau trang     bc i

                      gan nha canh nhanh song Mekong than quen

                                              va toi co the nghe loc coc tieng giay ch go got

                        nhng cai nhn au au bam theo ch nh am vo lon keu loang xoang

 

 

 

                                    Vnh Long toi thay ch nhap ly tra p lai

            ven b Mekong mau bac

                        gia bau-tri-th-tham mot ngoi-sao-mi lt xuong

                                                              len vao dong Mekong nh mai cheo

                                               phai chang ay iem bao

            nhng cn lao-ao-say sau nay trong i ch?

 

 

            Sa ec tnh l am bui cua mien Nam

                                    mot tnh nh nhng tnh khac nhng ni ay

                               moi te bao c the toi eu doi theo qua kh ch

            (Chnh ni sng mu ong Dng tac hnh ch dang xng chim

                                                                            nhng giac m Bac My

            a ngam u am vao tuy toi)

                                         nhng hoat ong thi th au ch in am trong

                               oi thay cua khong kh nay hng dan toi

                                                         tuy trong c the toi

                                           ti s tnh mch cua bai ca

            me am ngi dan thng      oan tuyet nhng cuoc song cao ngao

                                   trong moi th

 

 

la ke ve qua kh      qua kh ch     hien tai chung toi:

                            ch bua hoi ham om xom tieng cai nhau

            pha g set vi may moc thi tien chien

                                       lo gach nh oi hnh con kien co vom b

            ni ay cac co gai v thanh nien ao at

                            bao tay at set ti cam

                                   an ong an ba da nhan sam nang canh gi

            tinh than Mekong xa

                                           trc sau      khong oi

 

 

                                     mot thang sau Ha Noi toi biet tin

            qua bao ch Viet ch a

                          t tran tai Phap va

                                      i song phc tap cua ch

                   trong nhng khoanh khac      lech nhp

                                          hien trc toi trong vu ieu tango

 


 

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