Nhuan LeXuan Poems
- Under The Purple Flowers In the purple flowers’ shade You ...
- My Old Age I have seen an old woman woebegone to bare: Her ...
- Grant Me A Smile Unable to see you for just one day Suffices...
- The Right To Vote I hold my ballot in my shaking hand And ...
- Filial Piety “Parents’ merits like the sky and the sea always...
- My Life For My Mom's Laughter Picking up the handset I was ...
- The Six-Year-Old Girl I The six-year-old girl drifted ...
Thanh-Thanh is the pen-name of Nhuan Xuan Le, leader of the 'Xay-Dung' literary group and publishing house that was recognized as one of the main branches of the Vietnam Cultural Tree diagram exhibited at the unique pre-1975 National Cultural Festival in Saigon, capital of the former Republic of Vietnam.
After his resettlement in the States in 1992, Thanh-Thanh began to write in and translate into English his own and his fellow-poets' work.
His poems were featured in some 30 anthologies of English poetry published in the USA and UK.
He is a member of PEN International (Center USA) . more »
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Under The Purple Flowers
In the purple flowers’ shade
You kissed me the first kiss.
The moon lit its light of jade;
The cicadas sang their song of bliss.
Then, time passed fast and blind;
You went to your studies above
Leaving the purple flowers behind
With such a dreamlike love.
In each letter sent to the old place
You said you still missed this start
With the purple flowers of grace
And this young and true heart.
I have come back each day alone
To see the old flowers obsess
And hear the cicadas groan;
I feel such a vague distress.
I have nurtured ...