Treasure Island

Nhat Thuy Vi

(Sadec, Vietnam)

Sunset on Glacier Bay


Translation

Sunset on Glacier Bay

Oh! The ocean
Where I see the ice mountain’s shadow playing with sunlight
Dancing on the waves in small, elegant steps
A vision of pinks and oranges with innumerable shades of subtly magnificently entwined and released
On the silvery waves where the maiden’s form of distance passed
Is created by the curves & lines of ancient Greek goddesses
Nature's beauty has overflowed
And my eyes embrace all and everything they can reach
Until I close my eyes and I listen to my heartbeat
It quivers with the yearning of being embraced

Time stands still, here, now, at this moment
Oh! God of nature, mountains, and god of oceans
Here, my long and unworthy life I'd trade
For a pure ray of the light my hands long to reach
To be part of, to be dissolved in,
But retreating away, the golden light follows its waves,
And dives off into its depth
Yet still, thoughts in my heart linger,
with trembling and hesitancy in every grasping beat!

Nhat Thuy Vi

translated from a Vietnamese Language version of 'Sunset on Glacier Bay'

Hoàng Hôn Trên Glacier Bay

Ôi biển!
Kìa băng sơn và mặt trời chập chùng trên sóng
Ánh hào quang quyện khói nhạt cùng mây
Màu hồng cam ửng nước bạc đang trôi
Từng gợn sóng, mỹ miều đường cong mỹ nữ
Ta hấp tấp, ta xôn xao bấu giữ
Thời gian ơi chỉ có một ngần này
Thần thiên nhiên, thần núi, thần mặt trời
Cho một phút, một giây này bất tử
Cho ta đổi một đời dài cằn cỗi
Nhận một áng hồng sắp sửa chìm sâu
Ôi! Nhưng sao lòng run rẫy xiết bao
Ta ngần ngại (nên) hồng chìm sâu dưới sóng.

Nhat Thuy Vi
June 2013
Tặng Chương Ha

Submitted: Saturday, March 01, 2014
Edited: Wednesday, March 05, 2014

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on the Alaska & Glacier Bay cruise on summer 2013

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