"When you make the world a better place for others ... you have the good fortune of living in that world too."
The Last Journey of The Old Sailor
by Thong Ba Le
... The old sailor takes a look around him; the sea is so immense, a vast stretch of color, the blue of the sea merging with the azure of the sky. He thinks that if there were no rosy clouds drifting on the far horizon, no one could recognize the boundary between the sea and the sky. Before him, nature appears as a blue carpet spreading endlessly into the horizon. The white lines decorating the carpet are white-capped waves that seem to have been drawn by an angel who has used a magic pen to magnify the beauty of the universe.
The wind blows in the old sailor's face and a strange vision suddenly comes to him. What he sees in front of his eyes and around him is a vast blue screen of water, far away is the horizon at the starboard of his boat and a little further are the pink clouds shaping strange pictures of unknown animals. In the furthest distance is the immense and boundless universe, from which the beginning and the existence of the cosmos and the world had taken place after the "BIG BANG," the universe's biggest and most forceful explosion. And over there, also the finish of the journeys of mankind, living creatures and things that had been created by this "BIG BANG".
All of a sudden, it seems that the old sailor has just found the answer to his life:
"After many years in the war and struggling for a living, he has often asked himself what is the origin of life; destiny and war had maneuvered him to many challenges and had affected his married life..."
The old sailor is so happy, he wants to yell very loudly; he wishes to cheer noisily for himself and to tell his dog, his old friend, about his wonderful discovery. All his life, all of the struggling, fighting, surviving and heartbreaking was to prepare for his journey to return to the beginning which had created him.
The universe that created all living creatures, the existence of the world, all beautiful things, mankind, was only a hypothesized calculated revolution. The commencement is the finish and the end is the beginning of the next period and so on without end because the conclusion of this period is the initiation of the following one.
He is so excited and wants to return home immediately so he can tell his beloved wife about the answer to his quest. He suspects that she will be delighted to hear about this discovery. A great emotion is rising up inside of him.
Unexpectedly, the old sailor feels an acute and sharp pain in the middle of his chest, then his left arm becomes very painful and his left cheek is gradually getting numb. The old golden retriever seems to realize something has happened to her master and she runs around him while the old sailor holds the arms of his pilot chair and slowly leans himself against the back and sits down.
The sun is already rising to its zenith at twelve o'clock high. The boat is undulating and surging, bobbing with the tide in the direction of the far shore and the white clouds are flowing in the azure sky; the old sailor slowly closes his eyes. He hears somewhere, in the air, the famous words of General Douglas MacArthur, the Supreme Commander of Allied Powers in South East Asia who defeated the valiant military forces of Japan in Pacific. MacArthur, who also stopped the aggression of the Red Communist Army in Korea and was a graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point once said:
"Old Soldiers never die, they just fade away".
His soul is carried on the wind to infinity, to the other side of the universe, where his next life and the start of a new adventure await the old sailor.
Virginia, May 27th 2017
The Conclusion of my story "The Old Sailor"
My grandchildren graduated from colleges:
Luu Khi Trung from Virginia Tech University on 2016 - Nguyen Tuan Kiet from Virginia Commonwealth Univesity on 2016 - Allison Le from Virginia Tech University on 2017 - Nguyen Tuan Anh from Virginia Commonwealth University on 2012 - Luu Khi Nam from Old Dominiums University on 2010
1. My Grandson (left)- Le Ba Kien is attending 1st year at UC Irvine, Ca
2. My Granddaughter (3rd from left)- Le Hoang Chau is Junior student at UC San Diego, Ca
(They are celebrating the Vietnamese New Year - The Year of The Dog)
Somewhere - West Side Story - Leonard Bernstein
performed by my Granddaughter Thuy-Linh Le who has been accepted to attend Harvey Mudd college (HMC), located in Claremont, California, United States in fall 2018
Can't Help Falling In Love
performed by Thong Ba Le
Tri Ba Le (center) and his nephews Tuan Kiet - Tuan Anh - Nam - Trung at his cousin Lisa's wedding in Las Vegas, NV May 27th 2017
TEARDROPS IN THE NIGHT
by Thong Ba Le
A Far Away Land
The night his country was falling apart,
with the desperate sorrow in his heart,
he stood silently by and watched sadly,
the disappearance of his motherland .
In the dream he leaned over the deep cliff .
He looked straightly down on waves too swift?
Far away a ship sailed the sea to find
his memory and his love in the mist .
Among the cloud he flew into the past,
over the ocean that once his ship passed
and the mountains, the islands, the rivers,
to cry and to see people were so sad .
With the upwind, he traveled through the time,
to the moon hanging brightly in the sky .
He could see the land he had lost that night,
on the further horizon of his mind .
In his heart the far away land to be
the mother, the father, and the east sea,
the mountain, the river, the tropic sun
that nourishes his life, his love overseas.
They accepted the flag for his honor
The country, the freedom, the people
that what he once fought for...
Time To Say Goodbye
Sarah Brightman & Andrea Boccelli
(Courtesy of songvang.net)
Music Show "Once Upon A Time in The West"
"Andre Rieu and his Orchestra"
Poetry "The Pain Of A Refugee"
by Thong Ba Le
Celebration Doctor DD Hung's retirement party on January 21st 2018 in Falls Church, Virginia
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