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Old cobblestone road through Nanning.

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胡志明







Toward Nanning
        Ho Chi Minh 1890-1969

Iron chains and shackles
        replace soft hemp cords,
With every step
        sound of clanking metal.
Although I'm suspected
        of being a spy,
I rather look like
        a decorated official!
 
Wáng Nánníng
Hú Zhìmíng 1890-1969

Tié shéng yìng tì máshéng ruǎn,
Bùbù dingdang huánpèi shēng.
Suīshì xiányí jiàndie fàn,
Yíróng què xiàng jiù gōngqīng.
 
Translator: Dongbo 東波

Notes:
Nanning is across the border from Vietnam in China's Guangxi Province. Ho Chi Minh spent thirty years of his life as an exiled revolutionary, in France, China and elsewhere. At one point he was imprisoned in Nanning.

 
 
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