NHIEN NGUYEN MD


Ashes Plays Table Tennis - Poem by NHIEN NGUYEN MD

Ashes sits up with her fully stretched front legs

She watches us playing ping pong.

My wife is at the other end,

I am at this end of a tennis table.

We didn’t play ping pong since we adopted Ashes.

The balls bounce back and forth making b-o-o-ng b-o-o-ng

noises.

Ashes is curious about this new thing so she sits to watch.

Her eyes dart quickly to follow the trails of the balls.

To catch up with speeds of balls, she moves her head along.

The balls bounce back and forth hundreds of times.

She gets more interested so she jumps up on the tennis table

Where she has closer look at the balls.

She raises her paws to catch passing balls over her head.

She moves her paws as fast as the balls.

Suddenly the ball touches her paws.

She gets more excited so she participates more.

Finally she succeeds in catching the ball with her paws.

She enjoys the play so she changes her positions.

The faster the balls bounce the faster she moves her paws

She alternates between one paw and two paw catches.

Having played enough, she rests and watches passing balls.

3/8/2015


Translation of Vietnamese poem

ASHES CHƠI BÓNG BÀN- Poem by NHIEN NGUYEN


Ashes ngồi xổm nhìn bàn

Đầu bàn vợ đứng, cuối bàn là tôi.

Bàn này để đánh ping pông

Từ nuôi Ashes bây giờ mới chơi.

Banh đi banh lại boong boong

Ashes thấy lạ, nó ngồi nhìn banh.

Nhìn banh cặp mắt đưa nhanh

Mắt nhìn không kịp nó xoay cả đầu.

Banh đi banh lại trăm lần

Thế là nó thích, nhẩy ngay lên bàn.

Nó ngồi chăm chú nhìn banh

Nó giơ tay bắt, trái banh ngang đầu.

Banh nhanh nó cũng nhanh tay

Mấy lần banh tới đụng ngay tay mèo.

Mèo vui tay cố vươn theo

Cuối cùng bắt được, tay mèo ôm banh.

Mèo vui mèo đổi thế nằm

Boong boong banh nhẩy, tay càng quơ nhanh

Một tay rồi lại hai tay

Mèo chơi đã đủ, mèo nằm nhìn banh.

3/8/2015

Topic(s) of this poem: cat


Poet's Notes about The Poem

Our cat Ashes never watched me and my wife play ping pong before. She got excited so she participated in playing.

Comments about Ashes Plays Table Tennis by NHIEN NGUYEN MD

  • (6/19/2016 10:25:00 AM)


    Ashes, your cat is very intelligent! (Report) Reply

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  • (5/22/2016 8:48:00 AM)


    Ashes is very intelligent cat! I wish I had a cat like Ashes! Enjoy your cat! Khue (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, March 29, 2015

Poem Edited: Monday, June 1, 2015


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