Ho Xuan Huong
Wasps by Ho Xuan Huong

Wasps by Ho Xuan Huong

Where are you wandering to, little foolsCome, big sister will teach you how to write verseItchy little wasps sucking rotting flowersHorny baby lambkins butting gaps in the fence

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Weaving At Night by Ho Xuan Huong

Weaving At Night by Ho Xuan Huong

Lampwick turned up, the room glows white.The looms moves easily all night longas feet work and push below.Nimbly the shuttle flies in and out,wide or narrow, big or small, sliding ...

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On Sharing A Husband by Ho Xuan Huong

On Sharing A Husband by Ho Xuan Huong

Screw the fate that makes you share a man.One cuddles under cotton blankets; the other's cold.Every now and then, well, maybe or maybe not,once or twice a month, oh, it's like ...

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The Jackfruit by Ho Xuan Huong

The Jackfruit by Ho Xuan Huong

I am like a jackfruit on the tree.To taste you must plug me quick, while fresh:the skin rough, the pulp thick, yes,but oh, I warn you against touching --the rich juice will gush ...

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Day And Night by Ho Xuan Huong

Day And Night by Ho Xuan Huong

Peekaboo we used to play;my hands covered my face,your hands covered your face,incredible, there we were gone.That is what we play now, yourhands on my face and my handson your ...

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Swinging by Ho Xuan Huong

Swinging by Ho Xuan Huong

Praise whoever raised these polesfor some to swing while others watch.A boy pumps, then arcs his back.The shapely girl shoves up her hips.Four pink trousers flapping hard,two ...

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Day Sleeping Girl by Ho Xuan Huong

Day Sleeping Girl by Ho Xuan Huong

Summer breeze is sporadically blowing,Lying down the young girl slides into sleeping.Her bamboo comb loosely attached to her hair,Her pink bra below her waist dropped down fair.On ...

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Autumn Landscape by Ho Xuan Huong

Autumn Landscape by Ho Xuan Huong

Drop by drop rain slaps the banana leaves.Praise whoever sketched this desolate scene:the lush, dark canopies of the gnarled trees,the long river, sliding smooth and white.I lift ...

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The Fan by Ho Xuan Huong

The Fan by Ho Xuan Huong

Are you seventeen or eighteen?(1)Let me cherish you by all means.Thin or thick you display a triangle, andLarge or small I hold you with one hand.The more it is hot the fresher ...

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Water-Bailing by Ho Xuan Huong

Water-Bailing by Ho Xuan Huong

Not a drop of rain for this dry heat! Come, girls, let's go bail water. Let's drag our delta-shaped buckets to that huge square field where our bodies can pulse to the water's ...

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Three-Mountain Pass by Ho Xuan Huong

Three-Mountain Pass by Ho Xuan Huong

A cliff face. Another. And still a third.Who was so skilled to carve this craggy scene:the cavern's red door, the ridge's narrow cleft,the black knoll bearded with little mosses?A ...

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Spring-Watching Pavilion by Ho Xuan Huong

Spring-Watching Pavilion by Ho Xuan Huong

A gentle spring evening arrivesairily, unclouded by worldly dust.Three times the bell tolls echoes like a wave.We see heaven upside-down in sad puddles.Love's vast sea cannot be ...

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Picking Flowers by Ho Xuan Huong

Picking Flowers by Ho Xuan Huong

If you want to pick flowers, you have to hike.Climbing up, don't worry about your weary bones.Pluck the low branches, pull down the high.Enjoy alike the spent blossoms, the tight ...

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Snail by Ho Xuan Huong

Snail by Ho Xuan Huong

Mother and father gave birth to a snailNight and day I crawl in smelly weedsDear prince, if you love me, unfasten my doorStop, don't poke your finger up my tail!

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The Temple Of Fragrance by Ho Xuan Huong

The Temple Of Fragrance by Ho Xuan Huong

Who could have fashioned this marvel?The mountain cracks into a wide, hollow cave.Pious Buddhists struggle to set foot inside,others gaze at it tirelessly.Drippings form a sweet ...

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The Cake That Drifts In Water by Ho Xuan Huong

The Cake That Drifts In Water by Ho Xuan Huong

My body is both white and round.In water I may sink or swim.The hand the kneads me may be rough,But I still shall keep my true-red heart.

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Viewing Cac-Co Cavern by Ho Xuan Huong

Viewing Cac-Co Cavern by Ho Xuan Huong

Heaven and earth brought forth this rocky massits face cut by a deep crevassecrack's dark mouth shagged with mosspines rocking in wind rush.Here sweet water spatters downand the ...

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Confession Iii by Ho Xuan Huong

Confession Iii by Ho Xuan Huong

Her lonely boat fated to float aimlesslymidstream, weary with sadness, drifting.Her hold overflowing with duty and feeling,bow rocked by storms, adrift and wandering.She rows on, ...

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To A Couple Of Students Who Were Teasing Her by Ho Xuan Huong

To A Couple Of Students Who Were Teasing Her by Ho Xuan Huong

Where are you going, my dear little greenhorns? Here, I'll teach you how to turn a verse or two Young drones sucking at withered flowers, Little goats brushing horns against a ...

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Floating Sweet Dumpling by Ho Xuan Huong

Floating Sweet Dumpling by Ho Xuan Huong

My body is powdery white and roundI sink and bob like a mountain in a pondThe hand that kneads me is hard and roughYou can't destroy my true red heart

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Lamenting Widow by Ho Xuan Huong

Lamenting Widow by Ho Xuan Huong

A woman wails, boo hoo, mourning her manShut up, shame on you, don't cry to the hills!O little sister, I should have warned youDon't eat the meat, if it makes you cough blood!

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