2019 New Poems by Thai Ta

Thơ Tạ Thái https://thaita.wordpress.com/tho-ta-thai/

Lục bát Tạ Thái https://thaita.wordpress.com/tho-ta-thai/luc-bat/

My poems 1996 https://thaita.wordpress.com/tho-ta-thai/poetry-3/

My poems 2011 https://thaita.wordpress.com/tho-ta-thai/poetry-2011/

Thơ tự do https://thaita.wordpress.com/tho-ta-thai/tudo/

thơ Thái 2016 https://thaita.wordpress.com/tho-ta-thai/poems-2016/

 

 

 

Độ Ta Không Độ Nàng / Tạ Thái, 7.2019

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Thiện nữ nhà sư tới nỗi này!
Một khối ân tình không nỡ dứt
Nghìn thu hoài niệm chẳng mờ phai
Vô tư tiếng mõ thăng trần tục
Hữu ý người phàm ước ngộ khai
Nhưng dễ gì êm xuôi đoạn cuối
Nói cho cùng ái nghiệp dài dài...

 

Xoá Sổ / Tạ Thái, 6.2019: Thôi đừng nói hơn thua / Thôi đừng tính thiếu thừa / Nợ không đòi khoan trả / Đời kẻ bán người mua. // Quả không trước thì sau / Người gieo duyên tốt xấu / Cờ lùi tiến thâm sâu / Bài thi ai rớt đậu? // Ra đi bàn tay trắng / Số phận dẫu có đen / Giữ tâm mình phẳng lặng / Cho dù lắm nỗi niềm. // Buông bỏ, cười thứ tha / Không tính người với ta / Huề đi cho dễ sống / Hoà cả Phật cùng ma. // Lên xuống thanh rồi trược / Nghĩ thông, ắt làm được / Xoá sổ nhé cả nhà / Gặp sau, giờ đi trước!

 

Hold On / Thai Ta, 6.2019: It’s become easy / For me to let go / Not by nature but practice / And lessons learned, and wisdom earned / Bit by bit. // Though now and again I’d miss / The uncertainty, fragility / Of feelings, real, true, but changing / The dizzy fog of indecision / At which time, I’d say / Hold on, please / For one more time. // I’ve grown old / Unburdened, calm / Still, I wonder / You never know, a small chance, / A possibility / Of a raging storm in my future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once Lost / Thai Ta, May 2019:    Once lost, could you find / Your innocence, childhood, / Youth, moments of secret pleasure / Stolen treasures / Now belonged to others?  //  Once lost, could we find / Our freedom, peace of mind / Pride, expressions of joy / Our true nature / Now hidden away, forever?  //  Once lost, could I try / To go back before everything changed / To be the me I used to be / Again?  //  Once lost, do we care / About consequences? / Just let it all burn / As our world turns, and turns, and...  //  Once lost, you can find / Me, with a knowing embrace.

 

Thuỷ - Chung / Tạ Thái, 5.2019: Có đầu thì ắt có đuôi / Có mùi thơm, có mùi hôi lẽ thường / Có âm thì phải có dương / Có ngõ hẹp cũng có đường thênh thang / Có ngèo hèn, có giàu sang / Thắng thua bất phục đầu hàng có luôn / Có nắm, cũng có lúc buông / Vui rồi thì sẽ tới buồn, thế thôi / Có anh cũng phải có tôi / Có đời vùi dập, có Trời khoan dung / Lúc đi tiếp, lúc phải dừng / Chua cay mặn ngọt nếm đừng thiếu chi / Có học thì phải có thi / Có lời ngay, có thị phi đủ điều / Có ít thì phải có nhiều / Có trên, có dưới, có chiều ngang ngang / Dọc dọc, xéo xéo, thẳng hàng / Có qua có lại, chàng nàng có nhau / Có trước thì ắt có sau / Trắng đen xanh đỏ đủ màu vẽ tranh / Có trược thì sẽ có thanh / Hữu vi đúng lúc chuyển thành Vô vi.

 

(Watching "The Legend of White Snake) Almost / Thai Ta, 4.2019:    Almost like love.  But not quite.  Something's missing.  In the execution.  Or the imagining.  Of what love should be like.  What love feels like.  //  Almost like lovers.  Destined to fall time and again.  To meet by chance and stay.  For quite a long, long while.  Before fate lets them go.  //  Almost like regrets.  Almost like longing.  For what should have been.  What could have been.  Almost like a dream.  Beautiful yet fragile.  //  Almost like a feeling.  That no matter how hard one tries.  Can never be captured again.  Like a scent.  Lingering.  A smile.  Fading.  A face.  A pair of eyes.  Yeah, like...  Almost...

 

Flowers / Thai Ta, 4.2019:    For those who dare / Dream of a better world / Cherry blossoms / Eternal spring.  //  For those who dare / Laugh.  Stand.  Face. / Injustice.  Darkness.  Evil. / Such courage deserves / Nothing less than / The purest of white, / Indomitable lotus.  //  For those who dare / Love.  Share. / I salute you / And offer you / A bouquet of roses, / Color of fantasies come true.  //  For those who cry / Calla lilies / For those who smile / Tulips / For those who dare / Sing.  Write.  Dance. / Artists of all varieties / A carpet of wild flowers / Shimmering in / Sunlight.  Moonlight. / Or starlight.  //  For those who pray / For those who stray / A bulb of your own choosing / 'Cause if you still care / Or dare / Then, time for blooming.

 

Present / Thai Ta, 4.2019:    I'm giving you this space / Which is my heart / So you can roam / And stay there forever. //  I'm giving you this dream / That I once had / As a child believing / In fairy tales and their / Happy, shiny endings.  //  I'm giving you this time / But with a condition attached / You'll have to make it last / Till our future becomes our past.  //  Would you give me your present?

 

Từ Điển / Tạ Thái, 3.2019: Có những danh từ làm tôi buồn nôn / Cộng sản. Cộng hoà xã hội chủ nghĩa. / Đồng chí. Đảng và nhà nước. Công an. / Có những ý tưởng làm tôi dị ứng / Hoà hợp hoà giải. Du lịch Việt Nam. / 99 năm đặc khu kinh tế. / Có những con người nhìn là muốn mửa / Nghe tên thôi sôi máu lên rồi / Vậy mà vận nước nằm trong tay họ / Quậy cho nát tan nòi giống Tiên Rồng. / Có những thời thế tạo nên anh hùng / Có những mưu lược chuyển bại thành thắng / Có những tính từ làm tôi chán ngán / Thờ ơ, vô tâm, vô cảm, nhục, hèn. / Có những động từ làm tôi hy vọng / Gạt bỏ sợ hãi, ngẩng mặt, đứng lên!

 

Việt Nam Tôi Đâu? / Tạ Thái, 5.2017: Việt Nam tôi đâu? Việt Nam tôi đây. Một dòng máu chảy. Mấy kiếp đoạ đày! // Việt Nam xong chưa? Việt Nam chưa xong. Việt Nam muốn sống. Thoát ách Trung Cộng. // Việt Nam hèn không? Miễn bàn miễn luận. Con cháu Tiên Rồng. Gục đầu chấp nhận. // Việt Nam mất chưa? Đang mất từ từ. Nửa bán nửa cho. Là công ơn Đảng.


Thêm Buồn / Tạ Thái, 2.2019: Yêu là yêu / Ghét là ghét / Lắm khi yêu ghét chẳng tỏ tường. / Hận thì hận / Thương vẫn thương / Đôi khi thương hận chẳng đặng đừng. / Nhớ muốn nhớ / Quên bỗng quên / Đời người quên nhớ ngăn sao được. / Nói cứ nói / Im đành im / Thà nói chứ im lặng thêm buồn. / Duyên đáp duyên / Nợ trả nợ / Thôi thì duyên nợ kể như xong. ///

Chút Buồn / Tạ Thái, 2.2019: Đã lâu không nghĩ chuyện ngày xưa / Khoảnh khắc phù du tựa nắng mưa / Vài sợi giây tình còn sót lại / Rung âm dìu dịu gió thay mùa. // Vì người thôi tạm cất vần thơ / Năm tháng dần trôi cảnh nhạt mờ / Nếu có vô tình mơ dĩ vãng / Tỉnh rồi cười mĩm, hát bâng quơ. // Thương thương nhớ nhớ tiếng ai cười / Tiếc tiếc, vui vui đã một thời / Cuồng nhiệt lửa tình loang bốc cháy / Giờ, âm ỉ sót chút buồn thôi. ///

Xem Lại “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” - Tạ Thái, 2/2019: Có những dòng thơ không bao giờ tôi viết / Hoàn cảnh sai, tâm trạng mơ hồ / Những bài thơ nếu người biết, Trời biết / Sẽ té ngửa cười, mắng “Quả thật là đồ...!” / Nên giấu trong lòng lãng quên, mất tiệt / Năm tháng dần trôi, ký ức xa xăm / Những con người, tình cảm âm thầm / Mờ nhạt, im lìm dù từng thắm thiết / Có những dòng thơ tình cờ đã viết / Đọc lại mà thương đời sống như mơ / Như mộng, như hoang đường / Ôi những ngày xưa / Khi chưa có những bài thơ sẽ viết / Và những bài thơ sẽ không ai biết...

Presumptions / Thai Ta, Valentine's Day 2019
Love lasts forever. We're meant for one another. Till death us do part. Dear hearts, our presumptions.
Soulmates. Mistakes. Wishes made upon a star. Must be fate. Apologies, appreciated. Just a bit late. It's fine, dear hearts. Such is life.
Memories that stay. Memories that fade away. For old times' sake, dear hearts. Happy Valentine's Day!

Remembrance of Love / Thai Ta, February 2019:
Faint. Sweet. A fragrance reminded you / of a time long gone. / Pain. Exquisite. Hands. Released. / Should we hold on just a bit longer? / Yes, a season more. / For a sweeter end. / Faraway, I know. You would never / ever admit. That once we had loved / and touched each other... / Body. Heart. Soul. / Yet strangely. Faithfully. / Love would always / somehow somewhere be reborn. ///

Perfect - Thai Ta, 12/2018: Just as you are / You’re perfect for me / Just as I am / I’m perfect for someone else, perhaps. / Love isn’t the way it should be, sometimes / Life almost always is. //
Like seasons follow one another / New Year’s coming ‘round / I hope the time will come / For all those loves lost to be found. / Then again... / Just as we are / As part of a grander scheme / Or at least, a simple age-old theme / It’s perfect, I say / Perfect strangers as we are. ///

hoàn hảo - tạ thái, 12/2018: chỉ là anh / anh hoàn hảo với em / chỉ là em / có thể em hoàn hảo cho người khác. / đôi lúc tình yêu không được trọn vẹn / cuộc đời vẫn thản nhiên thôi. //
mùa này tiếp mùa kia / năm mới sắp đến / hy vọng rồi sẽ có lúc / những tình yêu mất đi sẽ được tìm lại / dẫu vậy... / như chúng mình / một phần của sắp xếp to lớn hơn / hay ít ra, một định đề xa xưa, đơn giản / hoàn hảo rồi, em thấy / chúng ta là người xa lạ hoàn hảo của nhau.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hồi ký: George / Tạ Thái, 1992 https://thaita.wordpress.com/stories/george1/

Mr. July / Thai Ta, 6.2019: I’ve thought of you / Heading west on 78 / Summer morning / Contemplating / Wishing / To see you once again. // There’s a poem here / Somewhere / Along the way / To what seems like / The end of the world / Is this your beginning / Or is something missing? // Poems inspired by / Or about you that I wrote / (That you might never read) / Here’s a summary. // Over, October 2010, 80% / Just Because, December 2010, 80% / Déjà-Vu, September 2011, 70% / Watching “Young Goethe in Love”, March 2013, 90% / Breath, March 2013, 90% / Wordless Truth, April 2008, 100% / Once Again, April 2008, 80% / Meditation on a Lost Love, September 2008, 90% / Fractal Love, November 2008, 80% / I Wish, June 2009, 100% /Remembrance of Love, February 2019, 100% // And this one. Last one? / 100% inspired by, and/or, for you / From the summer of 87 / Thank you, my accidental muse.
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OVER / by Thai Ta, October 2010: Yes, I’ve forgotten you / A thousand times over. / Sometimes, / I even forget your name! / And I would play the association game / to recall it. / How is it that a phantom / from a far gone past / Still haunts my mind? / Perhaps we didn’t have a proper goodbye / Or whatever we had didn’t die? / This much I know / That I have gotten over you / A thousand times already / (A million more, I suppose) / And this gravity deep in my heart / Makes me gasp for precious air. / This horrible pressure / of defending the guilty, / Stealing joy from another, / Protecting my last piece of… / Utter nonsense! / For in the end, / We will forget our own names / What good is it then / doing this over / and over, and over, / and…?
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JUST BECAUSE / December 2010, by Thai Ta: Just because it’s been raining / And Christmas is fast approaching / And I’m feeling a wee bit blue / Thinking of… / Do you know there’s an eclipse? / Total lunar eclipse, mind you / Tomorrow night / Right at the start of the winter solstice / Yes, it’s true / What strange coincidence! / And it will rain, and rain, and rain / For a whole week / At least that will keep the flowers fresh / For the Rose Parade / And just because the new year is coming / Before I start embracing / My refreshed, reinvented / Newly minted, what else? / Brightly shined, perfectly rhymed / Ever so blessed life / Again! / There’s just a tiny matter / That I want to get it over / Over and finally done with / A tiny thing I want you to know / That I still love you… / But only when it rains.
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Déjà-Vu / Thai Ta, September 2011: A glance / Briefer than / A flicker of sunlight / Turning into rainbow flashes / Did we dance / All night? / Did we forget, or remember / To say our goodbye? / Or did we stay? / A moment frozen in time / Where nothing matters / Not even our conscience, obligations to others / A madness / Coming ’round / A fever / Target, found / And we burn anew / A déjà-vu / A familiar pain / Oh yes, we had chosen / A sensible, logical end / But now and again / We truly, blindly, foolishly / Fall / Fall! / For a love / Briefer than / A glance. ///
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Watching “Young Goethe in Love” / Thai Ta, March 2013: in another life / I will love you / tenderly / as the early morning’s sigh / upon the fragile dew /// do we need words / to build our theater of dreams? / where scene after scene / something ethereal / has revealed itself to be / almost solid /// like a touch / a kiss / at times ghostly / a warm vibration / somewhere near our hearts / but not quite /// maybe in another region / another realm / another time / had I loved you, I wonder / in another life?
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Breath / Thai Ta, March 2013: A part of me still aches / Whenever I think of you / Not too often, for our sakes / We both chose not to choose. /// Strange how the heart wants / What it refuses to accept / And we’re too late for the dance / The last guest had left. /// Maybe it’s just old age / But whenever I think of you / Your smile, your voice, hands, face… / Seem to have faded from view. /// Will you remember me? / Will you forget? Forgive? / Strange how the heart could ache / Even when the breath had ceased.
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WORDLESS TRUTH / Thai Ta, April 2008

And so you’ve come to me at last / not while I was still hurt, humiliated, confused, angry / not while I kept jumping back and forth / future, present, past.

You’ve come to me / no apology, no poetry / it was one of those moments when words are unnecessary / indeed, detrimental / to both those who gives and receives. / Wordless truth (I heard that term somewhere) / wordless truth coupled with / perfect timing.

There you were pressing your lips against mine / no french kiss, mind you / strange that it’s not a french kiss, / and strange that the pressure feels… / real and surreal.

Then you kissed the top of my head / like I was a child / I felt the warmth, moisture of your kiss / a wet sunlight / Wordless truth / perfect timing / perfect ending / to our story at last.

At last I woke up / it was one of those moments / when you feel disoriented / a bit lost / a lot blessed / could’ve been a nightmare / could’ve been a wet dream / or a visitation from an angel / but thankfully, magically, / it was simply / a gift.
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ONCE AGAIN / Thai Ta, April 2008

Come fall with me / Once again / Let the fire consume us / Till we end / Let’s turn into stuff of tragic comedy / (Comic tragedy?) / An urban legend / A modern version of Cinderella / Where nothing fits, not even her glass slipper / Yet when they kiss / When we kiss / How our lips fit! / How our hearts break! / In sweetest silence.

Come fall with me / Let’s die, like Juliet and her foolish Romeo / We know how this must end / Where nothing fits nowhere, no how / But when we make love / Our sweat thick / Our souls burn till we cry out / And our tears mix / Who will say it first this time, I wonder / “I love you” / “Goodbye” / Or “Until we meet…” / “…Once again.”
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MEDITATION ON A LOST LOVE / Thai Ta, September 2008

The road not taken / Words that should have said / Intentions mistaken / Pleasure dearly paid. / Days gone, nights passed / Hope dashed, faith renewed / Identity masked / Perception askew. / Don’t wanna get hurt / Don’t know nothing much / Not sure if you care / Not sure if I dare. / Strange that we had met / Two bodies, two souls / No, not quite done yet / Not till kingdom come. / A late summer breeze… / I’m feeling you now / Near, so near to me / No more pain, nor doubt. / And we stand naked / Two starfreaks giggling / Here we are at last / Let the angels sing! / Corners not turned / Chances we didn’t take / Play nice, play cruel / An original, a fake? / Love lost, love found / Love that never comes around / Hm, I wonder / How long does true love linger?
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FRACTAL LOVE / Thai Ta, November 2008

I love you one second / I love you forever / I love you now / I love you never / From twisting corners of my heart / To beaming twisters of your eyes / Deep down one singular part / Spread out all fractal desires / Dear one, you loved me from the start / Fear none, I’ll love you till the end / Everything goes round, round, round / And all thoughts, colors, sounds… / Big, small / Endless, finite / Imbued / Branching / Rearranging / Can you see my shape? / Do you sense your own / Beauty of randomness / Even in love / Or loving / Alone?
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I WISH / Thai Ta, June 2009

I wish you hadn’t broken my heart / I wish we hadn’t stayed apart / I wish that summer never ended / I wish you didn’t love me as you did. / ‘Cause the world we live in is still cruel / And each day we die a little / But something sacred in us remains / And it cries out toward Heaven. / No! No! Let me be / Set me free from all this darkness. Sadness / No! No! Let me see / That part of me that’s never stolen. Taken. / I wish I hadn’t broken your heart / I wish we didn’t have to play our parts / I wish for endings like in movies / I wish more seasons for you and me.
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Remembrance of Love / Thai Ta, February 2019
Faint. Sweet. A fragrance reminded you / of a time long gone. / Pain. Exquisite. Hands. Released. / Should we hold on just a bit longer? / Yes, a season more. / For a sweeter end. / Faraway, I know. You would never / ever admit. That once we had loved / and touched each other... / Body. Heart. Soul. / Yet strangely. Faithfully. / Love would always / somehow somewhere be reborn. ///
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YouTube playlist: New poems / Thơ Tạ Thái 2016 - 20xx

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLL1zLpmR8S6z8DSgginlFKOBhYs5YNW7X

 

Magnolia flowers, 2/2017
Magnolia flowers, 2/2017