INQUIRING AFTER FRIENDS
Inquiring after each friend to know that he/she
still there, my mind is inundated with glee.
this life is full of wind and waves, brine,
underworld is like day-dream, moonshine,
to be still alive is my wish to satisfy.
bondage is to live and die, live then die;
the most mutually precious thing is love.
of parents, spouses, friends, all is above:
affection is not, never listed for sale
our heart has neither measure nor scale.
sentiment no catty can ever gauge or weigh,
Love is priceless, its worth none can say.
spite of anything on earth, shifty, delusive,
we truly like one another, being unobtrusive,
why do we regret a greeting, a salutation?
us give, confer to warm our human relation.
rather do it late than never, not to wait;
affection everybody does want and need
love and to be loved by other people indeed.
us express our sentiment, although belated.
are still there! I am still here! Well elated!
we still have opportunities to meet,
converse, to congratulate, to wish, to greet,
full consideration, interest, cordiality, care
the past, and for, no! not any future affair!
it all! Let us only think of the present.
our mind is quiet, soul easy, and life pleasant:
You are there! I am here! So, that is happiness!
Translation by Thanh-Thanh