WHEN I HAVE PASSED AWAY
TAKE ME TO THE SEA
I have passed away, take me to the sea;
exile has nothing, even a tomb, though last and key.
in foreign land, my corpse might not decompose,
My spirit can't leave, how to repatriate as they suppose?
I have expired, take me to the heavy swells;
adverse current will push my body without knells.
the other side of the sea is my native soil,
Rows of bamboos thru time remain green despite coil.
When I have deceased, take me to the Pacific beach;
not too soon to close my eyes, both or each,
I may direct them towards my country a last time,
my remains should not return to my dear clime.
When I have departed, take me to the west coast;
not hesitate or feel compassion for me this ghost.
Years ago, to fishes lots of people did fall prey;
Then, what's the use of one more distorted body, eh!
I have faded away, take me to the ocean
me to see again my children there, what emotion!
me to watch them shed their hot tears stark
their eyeballs that are already sadder than dark.
I have gone forever, take me to the seaside,
don't forget our national anthem singing to bide
long since, nobody has chanted it anymore,
song now has become almost a specter to bore.)
I am dead, that melancholy will definitely end,
exile's life and my nostalgic soul will well blend.
Translation by THANH-THANH