HOMESICK AND NOSTALGIC
and longing for my motherland how I smart!
feels like a swift current running in my heart.
Apparently like kites flying in the warm sunny sky,
it's a rainy, windy night with storm to intensify!
grief is immense, compassion for a firmament,
On that far-away native soil of love permanent.
remember the still river, the old watering place,
The past paddy-fields in the moonlit wide space.
Dazed with melancholy, with memories lifelong,
friends, a time of joyful amusing singsong,
green years' school roofs, the fresh stream,
small path that forks to multiple sites to seem.
them, for those, eternal yearning, endless plea,
Mine is like a big boat sail missing the vast sea.
The days have flown away with winds and dew
feel as if a big mountain is blocking my view.
missing and longing for, without cease,
All my heart is forever righteous never to decrease.
golden crane has not got back once flew away,
The white clouds are still over there, day after day!
Translation by THANH-THANH