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Cù Huy Cân
(May 31, 1919 - February 19, 2005) Vietnam

Cù Huy Cân

Poet

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Cù Huy Cân was a Vietnamese poet born in Hu'o'ng So'n District. He was a close friend of Xuân Diêu, another famous poet. His first collection of poems, Sacred Fire , was published in 1938.

Many people believe that he was homosexual along with his lifelong friend the famous poet Xuân Diêu. For two years (1938-1940), Xuân Diêu was Huy Cân's roommate at the College of Agriculture in Hanoi, from which he received his engineering degree in agricultural science in 1943.

Cù Huy Cân
Huy Cân (left) & Xuân Diêu (right)

They met in 1938 and remained friends until Xuân Diêu's death in 1985: 47 years.

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Cù Huy Cân

The Sadness of a Rainy Night
by Huy Can (1938)

This rainy night makes me long for space.
The shivering of my heart intensifies the chill of the immense coldness...
My ears take refuge in drops of rain upon the roof;
The sky seems heavy: I seem to be sad.

I listen to the confusion in my soul
Of distant feet on a long and lonely road...
Drip, drop... softly, softly, drop drop...

Lovesick and lost, confused in direction,
I return to my propped-up pillow of dreams and listen with indifference.

The wind returns, my heart trembles unprotected.
The breath of clouds blow slightly on all four sides of my thought.

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Source: https://www.goodreads.com/ - http://hajimemoriyama.com/

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