The Trilingual Poetic Spirit





IMAGE OF A LIFE

by Thong Ba Le

(In memory of my country)

The old chariot stopped at the dark oak tree.
The tired old horse exhausted.
The old man leaned on his trembling feet
checking the loose tread wheels,
shaking.
He got a water bottle from the bamboo basket,
that was old too, and fed the thirsty horse.
He drank from the canteen
and washed his face with cold water.
He did not move to wipe off the fly
that was sucking salty sweat off his neck,
satisfying.
The tree shadow was shrinking,
barely with a few leaves on skinny limbs
hanging.
Just like the old miserable country
suffered from destruction,
from napalm bombs and famine
in a long yet ended war and
surviving.
The people were bored.
Those powerful dictators too.
There was nothing left for them to collect... so
depressing.

He cried in many endless silent nights
awakening.

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IMAGE D'UNE VIE

par Thong Ba Le

(En mmoire de mon pays)

Le vieux char s'est arrt au chne fonc.
Le vieux cheval fatigu puis.
Le vieil homme s'appuya sur ses pieds tremblants
vrifier les roues desserres,
trembler.
Il a reu une bouteille d'eau du panier en bambou,
c'tait aussi vieux et nourri le cheval assoiff.
Il a bu la cantine
et lav son visage avec de l'eau froide.
Il n'a pas boug pour essuyer la mouche
qui suait la sueur sale de son cou,
satisfaisant.
L'ombre des arbres se rtrcissait,
peine avec quelques feuilles sur des membres maigres
suspendu.
Tout comme le vieux pays misrable
souffert de la destruction,
des bombes au napalm et de la famine
dans une guerre de longue date et termine
survivre.
Les gens sennuyaient.
Ces puissants dictateurs aussi.
Il ne leur restait plus rien collecter ... alors
dprimant.

Il a pleur dans de nombreuses nuits silencieuses sans fin
rveil.

(Gracieuset de Google Translate)



HNH ẢNH MỘT CUỘC ĐỜI

Chiếc xe dừng cạnh cy đa
Con ngựa gi ốm thở ra ph ph
ng ni run rẩy co ro
Lay vnh xe ngựa thăm d trước sau

Bnh bi đng nước phai mu
Người ngựa cng uống chia nhau nỗi lng
Đau buồn số phận long đong
L lất ngy thng sống trong cơ hn

Chiến tranh reo rắc điu tn
Ngn dn đi khổ "napalm"chy bng
Độc ti đảng trị chẳng dung
Thẳng tay đn p v cng thương tm

Qu hương căm hận m thầm
V niềm hy vọng thanh m xa vời
Trong đm vắng lặng cầu trời
Thương người dn Việt cuối đời thảnh thơi.