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Reading Exercise: Poetry » A Poem: "The Law of the Sword"

ที่มา: มติชนสุดสัปดาห์ ฉบับวันที่ 9 - 15 เมษายน 2564 คอลัมน์ กวีกระวาด เผยแพร่ วันเสาร์ที่ 10 เมษายน พ.ศ.2564 จรูญพร ปรปักษ์ประลัย Source: “Matichon Weekend”, volume 9-15 April 2021, Column “Poetry” by Chroenporn Paripakpralai.
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ho:hmR dteeM daapL haiF khohmM gripL duayF meuuM thanF aehngM
You pound your sword to extreme sharpness with your own hand
graL namL lohngM bpaiM yaaL daiF yangH meuuM
Strike it again and again without cessation
yaaL khranF khraamH khwaamM netL neuuayL
Be not afraid of exhaustion
yaaL saiL jaiM ngeuuaL theeF laiR aapL naaF
Pay no attention to the sweat pouring out bathing your face
yaaL wanL waiR dtaawL phleerngM roomF raawnH
Worry not about the fire's high heat
meeM phaH langM thaoF raiM saiL bpaiM haiF mohtL
Put the last ounce of your strength into it
phiiangM haiF daiF daapL anM waaoM ngaamM
Concentrate only on making your sword bright and beautiful
laaemR khohmM johnM baatL jaiM khraiM theeF daiF samR phatL
So sharp and keen that it cuts to the heart of all those who come in contact with it
bpenM theeF wanL graehngM khaawngR satL dtruuM
[It] is a formidable [force] that your enemies fear
bpenM theeF cheuunF chohmM khaawngR laoL saL haaiR
[It] is praised by your comrades.
bpenM theeF rakH khaawngR khohnM rakH
[It] is loved by those who love [you]
bpenM maH haaR phaaM yooH phatH phaaM khohnM theeF gliiatL changM
[It] is a great storm to blow down those who hate [you]
daapL anM waaoM ngaamM
The bright shining sword...
meuuaF oonL yuuL naiM meuuM
When it is warm in your hands
manM jaL sohnR thaH naaM gapL thanF
It will speak you
rengF raaoH thanF
[It will] impel you forward
ruaamF rohpH bpaiM gapL thanF
[It will] be your companion in battle...
bohnM thookH senF thaangM
...On every road.
phiiangM thanF saangF cheeM witH haiF daapL
All you have to do is give life to the sword,
daapL jaL saangF cheeM witH haiF thanF
And the sword will give you life.
samR khanM theeF thanF dtawngF dteeM manM kheunF aehngM
It is important that you hammer the sword yourself.
neeF kheuuM gohtL theeF thuukL gamM nohtL maaM napH phanM laanH bpeeM
These, then, are the rules which have been set forth for millennia
gaawnL gaanM gamM neertL khaawngR maH nootH
from before the dawn of mankind.
dteeM daapL
Fashion [your] sword...
chenF diaaoM gapL graL namL dteeM cheeM witH thanF
...As you would discipline your own life
haiF graengL laeH gripL
To be strong and keen-edged.
dootL dangM daapL
Just like the sword...
dootL dangM huaaR jaiM
So should be your spirit
theeF graengL glaaF laaemR khohmM
To be steeled and strong.