Vietnam! Vietnam!

Photo by Julius Mariveles
Photo by Julius Mariveles

by Juan S.P. Hidalgo, Jr.

Vietnam! Vietnam!
Vietnam! Ayyyyyy..
ti sangit dagiti ubbing!
Pinisangda ti puso
ti lubong!
Iti pagbabakalan
um-umkisda nga agsapul
kadagiti amma ken kakabsatda.
Ay, pimmusingen dagiti takiag
a nangtagibi kadakuada!
Vietnam! Vietnam!
Vietnam! Saan laeng
a bagi ken pusom
ti pinungtil dagiti garamugam:
Rinagasragasdan, wen! dagiti
sabong ti kararuam! Ayyyyyy..

Vietnam! Vietnam!
Translated by the Poet

Vietnam! Vietnam!
Vietnam! Ayyyyyy..
the cry of children!
They rend the heart
of the world!
In the battlefields
they scream in search
of their fathers and brothers.
Ay, gone are the arms
that nurtured them!
Vietnam! Vietnam!
Vietnam! Not only
your body and heart
have the greedy sundered;
they have also ripped to pieces, yes, the
flowers of your soul! Ayyyyyy..