ONLY KNOW I LOVE
love and that is what I only know.
to measure up the way we go?
the green years innocence was on throne;
dreams see the sides moss-grown.
spite of human daily life being hard,
still is here a loyal heart to guard.
one cannot mention to reunite:
is upon my sentiments more to smite.
moonlit boudoir came a crane sound,
looked towards but saw nihility around.
the bridge water continues to flow,
expected love to anxiously uneasy grow.
a time my pointless missing in mind
a rain my dry forlorn hedge could find,
a fresh wind bringing echoes of a flute:
is myself before two ways, which route?
side-whiskers to be fondled do deem,
who is on the roadside to vainly dream?
helps me compose my rhyme
nurse ripe my love to await next lifetime.
and implicitly to be loved desiring,
this baby bird, sing with me inspiring.
us sing: on top of the sad winter above
still is one to miss, long for her love.
Translation by THANH-THANH