Bồ Công Anh


We are fabulously lucky.
We became dandelions.
Before we were even born
We keep wishing to be dandelions.
Next we found ourselves traveling
Out of the great unknown.
We rode in a train
Sixteen coaches long,
We sat prim and proper
In our golden yellow dresses.
Others came as black widows,
Little monkeys, and red birds,
And of course many ants,
Snuggled together and looking glum. 

–         Charles Seimic

Bồ Công Anh  

Mình may mắn tuyệt vời
Được biến thành cúc dại
Ngay cả trước khi ra đời
Chúng ta ao ước làm cúc dại
Rồi chúng ta thấy mình lãng du
Đến nơi xa lạ
Chúng ta đi xe lửa
Mười sáu toa xe
Chúng ta ngồi ngay ngắn lịch sự
Trong áo màu vàng kim
Những loài khác đến có nhện đen,
Khỉ nhỏ và chim đỏ
Và cũng có rất nhiều kiến
Dựa sát vào nhau và đầy vẻ buồn phiền. 



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Central Park New York

We altogether 12 people went in three cars, through Lincoln tunnel, turned right on 40th Street, turned left on 8th Avenue and went directly to West Central Park.  At the corner of 64th Street we found enough space for three cars parking along the street.  We spent a whole day wandering around the park.  While people played and climbed those huge rocks, I found a tree shade and spread my cotton jacket on the ground and . . . slept.  But I hardly was the only one.  I found a lot of people lying around and some actually slept.  It is cool, a little overcast, very comfortable for walking around.  When we returned to our cars we found each car was given a ticket.  We did not realize that we parked at the bus stop.  The fine was 115 dollars.  Ouch!

A few pictures.  We went just around 1/3 of the park.  Perhaps we will come back someday when we forget the pain of receiving the ticket. 

This lampost is on West Central Park Avenue at the intersection 65 or 66th street along the wall of the building Ethic Culture.

Birds in the Central park are very bold, perhaps too familiar with humans.  This little bird refused to fly away when I approached her.
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Horse carriage is one of the attractions.  The drawback is we have to smell the dung.  The middle picture is a glimpse of The Tavern on the Green.  The policemen are talking to a foreigner, it seemed he complained about something.  After that the policemen ran after a horse that came loosed.  It is interesting because the horse followed the traffic rule.  The street was one way so it would be even more horribly chaotic if the horse went against traffic.

The Frank’s cove.  It looks very much Japanese

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I walked around the ethic culture building and saw a few nice designs on a building next to the ethic culture building.  Some wealthy people had such amazingly little flowers in a trough.  I have the whole grove behind my house.  Bragging
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The birds said best place to rest.  Water lillies came in two colors, purple and pink.

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The two break dancers in a performance.  Lanscape in the central park.
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There are many performers in the park.  This young fellow is an amazing drummer.  The first time I have ever seen a black squirrel.
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I spotted this couple.  At a glance I had thought that she was topless because her shirt was pale pink almost like naked skin.

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I was not the only one who napped on the lawn.  This lady was one too.
The make shift house of a homeless person.  The plastic sheet is large enough to cover a bench and also has a canopy.


He needs to put his clothes on, don’t you think?

Thơ Langston Hughes

Luck – Langston Hughes

May Mắn

Sometimes a crumb falls
From the tables of joy,
Sometimes a bone
Is flung.

Đôi khi một mảnh thức ăn rơi
Từ bàn ăn hạnh phúc
Đôi khi một mẩu xương
Bị thải ra

To some people
Love is given
To others
Only heaven.

Với một số người
Tình yêu được dâng tặng
Đối với người khác
thiên đường độc nhất