Listening to the Rain
A Poem by Nguyễn Trãi
With all the tensions in the world, one should remember to take a break once in a while and ease the mind with a little poetry. This is “Listening to the Rain,” composed by Nguyễn Trãi, great poet and political genious of the 15th century. Translated by contemporaries, Do Nguyen and Paul Hoover.
“Alone in a dark, silent room.
Listening to the rain fall the whole night long.
The somber sound is a shock to the pillow.
Drop by drop falling melodiously, endlessly.
The sound of bamboo tapping on the window
And a ringing bell melt gently into my peaceful dream.
Mumbled some poems but can’t fall asleep,
Continually listening, drop by drop, until sunrise.”