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TRUYE^.N HOA`NG NGO.C LIE^N

Mu`a Xua^n Tre^n Mu+o+`ng

Non xanh co^? thu. ru+`ng ca^y ti'm
Go+.i nho+' Mu+o+`ng Pha suo^'i dda' va`ng
Hi`nh a?nh, a^m thanh na`o ngo.t li.m
Ye^n ha` phong nguye^.t nho+' mang mang.
Ngu+.a bon cha^n co?, go` hoang
Nu+o+ng chie^`u Ba?n Ca'i a'nh va`ng ddo^`i lau
No^'i nga`y xu+a vo+'i nga`y sau
DDo^.i bo+` bie^?n nho+' bo'ng ca^u bu.i ddu+o+`ng.
Ma~i co`n Mu`a Xua^n Tre^n Mu+o+`ng!
Cha(?ng he.n ma` chu'ng to^i cu`ng o+? tha`nh pho^' Raleigh, thu? phu? cu?a tie^?u bang North Carolina, chi? ca'ch nhau khoa?ng 15 phu't la'i xe\. Do va^.y ma` khi Bie^?u "o+'i":

- Chie^`u nay mo+`i o^ng ba` dde^'n du`ng bu+~a co+m "ta^'t nie^n" gia ddi`nh. O^ng ba` Nhung dda~ nha^.n lo+`i\. Chi? sa'u ngu+o+`i tre^n ba`n a(n tho^i\. Se~ co' chuye^.n vui ba^'t ngo+`!

- Su+'c kho?e ba` nha` kha' chu+a ma` o^ng ba`y dda(.t mo+`i a(n co+m?

- Kha', kha' ma`!

Nghe la.i gio.ng no'i cu?a Bie^?u trong ddie^.n thoa.i, to^i hi`nh dung ngay ddu+o+.c khuo^n ma(.t vuo^ng chu+~ ddie^`n va` ma'i to'c ba.ch kim cu?a o^ng ba.n co^' tri, ngu+o+`i tu` ma` sau khi ddu+o+.c tha? ve^` xuo^i, co`n nhie^`u va^'n vu+o+ng dde^? la.i tre^n... Mu+o+`ng.

- To^i nho+' ma~i khuo^n ma(.t nga^?n ngo+ cu?a Bie^?u vo+'i ca(.p ma('t tha^~n tho+` nhi`n le^n su+o+`n nu'i phi'a DDo^ng, khi a'nh chie^`u va`ng co`n nhuo^.m sa'ng long lanh nhu+~ng gu`i Bo^ng Lau do ca'c So+n Nu+~ ddeo sau lu+ng, tra?i da`i mo^.t ha`ng linh ddo^.ng, ddong ddu+a\.

Thu+.c kha'ch va` gia chu? na^ng ly chu'c nhau su+'c kho?e, to^i vui ve? no'i vo+'i chi. Bie^?u:

- Bu+~a nay tha^'y chi. ho^`ng ha`o, tu+o+i ti?nh, chu'ng to^i ra^'t mu+`ng. Anh ba.n to^i qua? la` mo^.t ta' vie^n ddie^`u du+o+~ng ta^.n ti`nh.

Bie^?u tu+o+i cu+o+`i:

- Vo+. cho^`ng gia` sa(n so'c nhau la` chuye^.n ddu+o+ng nhie^n. Huo^'ng chi, trong mu+o+`i na(m to^i na(`m a^'p, ba` Xa~ to^i dda~ tu+`ng tra?i qua nhie^`u dda('ng cay, chua xo't.

Chi. Nhung ddo+~ lo+`i:

- Tuy o^ng Nhung nha` to^i kho^ng ddi xa nhu+ng trong tho+`i gian ca'c o^ng na(`m a^'p, to^i dda~ chu+'ng kie^'n ca?nh quy' ba` xuo^i ngu+o+.c lo cho ca'c cha'u va` ddi tha(m nuo^i cho^`ng ra sao\. Tre^n the^' gio+'i na`y, co' le~ dda`n ba` Vie^.t Nam la` ngu+o+`i vo+. thu?y chung, tuye^.t vo+`i nha^'t!

To^i go'p chuye^.n:

- Do va^.y ma`, sau khi ddu+o+.c tha, chu'ng to^i dda~ to? lo`ng bie^'t o+n ca'c ba` Xa~ ba(`ng ca'ch he^'t co`n... le'ng phe'ng nhu+... thuo+? ddu+o+ng tho+`i!

Ma' ba^`y tre? nguy't da`i:

- Ca'c o^ng co`n gi` ha^'p da^~n ma`... le'ng phe'ng?

Bie^?u la('c dda^`u:

- Sao chi. la.i cho ra(`ng chu'ng to^i kho^ng co`n... ha^'p da^~n.

DDu+`ng no'i khi dda~ ve^` nha`, ddu+o+.c a(n uo^'ng, nghi? ngo+i dda^`y ddu?, su+'c kho?e chu'ng to^i da^`n da^`n ho^`i phu.c, ne^n coi\... nhan sa('c ra^'t "co' ddu+o+`ng", ma` ngay khi co`n o+? a^'p, chu'ng to^i cu~ng ddu+o+.c phu. nu+~ ddi.a phu+o+ng... do`m ngo'!

Chi. Bie^?u dda(m dda(m nhi`n cho^`ng:

- Nha^'t la` ma^'y co^ tre^n Mu+o+`ng!

Bie^?u va^~n la('c dda^`u:

- Ba` ddu+`ng no'i va^.y, oan cho ca'c Co^ Na`ng la('m!

- Bao gio+` ma` o^ng cha(?ng be^nh ca'c Co^ Na`ng.. no'i dde^'n dda^y, chi. Bie^?u quay la.i phi'a chu'ng to^i:

- Thu+.c ti`nh ma` no'i, khi o^ng Xa~ ve^`, mie^~n sao o^?ng vui, du` co' pha?i\... ddo'n mo^.t Co^ Na`ng ve^`... dinh, to^i cu~ng kho^ng nga^`n nga.i\.

Ba` Xa~ to^i vui ve?:

- Co' thie^.t kho^ng ddo', chi. Bie^?u?

- Thie^.t ma`! Ne^'u kho^ng tin, ca'c anh chi. cu+' ho?i o^?ng coi\.

Bie^?u tie^'p lo+`i ba` Xa~ vo+'i gio.ng bu`i ngu`i:

- Ba^y gio+` tru+o+'c ma(.t nha` to^i ma` ke^? la.i, nhu+ vo+. ha't cho^`ng khen hay. Nhu+ng ca'c anh chi. co' the^? kho^ng tin nhu+~ng lo+`i ba` Xa~ to^i dda~ no'i, khi to^i thu' thie^.t la` tu+`ng me^ me^.t ca?nh dde.p So+n La, nha^'t la` va`o nhu+ng buo^?i hoa`ng ho^n na('ng qua'i\.

To^i thu+`a co+ ho^.i chen vo^:

- Vo+'i hi`nh a?nh ca'c Co^ Na`ng xe^'p ha`ng mo^.t, di chuye^?n tre^n su+o+`n non, khie^'n anh cha`ng nhi`n le^n ma` ca('p ma('t tha^~n tho+` nhu+ ke? ma^'t ho^`n!

Bie^?u vui ve?:

- DDu'ng va^.y! Ho^`i na~y to^i co' no'i oan cho ca'c Co^ Na`ng. Bo+?i chi? co' chu'ng to^i.. va^'n vu+o+ng hi`nh a?nh ca'c co^, co`n ca'c co^ dda^u co' ti`nh y' gi` vo+'i dda`n o^ng ngu+o+`i Kinh! Ca'c co^ a^'y ho^`n nhie^n, thie^.t tha`, lu'c na`o cu~ng tu+o+i cu+o+`i vui ve?.

Co' la^`n to^i ga(.p Co^ Na`ng Ba?n Ca'i tu+` tre^n Mu+o+`ng xuo^'ng ca('t bo^ng lau:

- Co^ Na`ng o+i! Co' bie^'t la` co^ dde.p la('m kho^ng?

- Kho^ng bie^'t!

- To^i no'i thie^.t ddo'. Co^ dde.p na~o nu`ng!...

Na`ng Ca'i - te^n to^i dda(.t cho co^ - mo+? to hai ma('t "huye^`n":

- Na~o nu`ng la` gi` va^.y o^ng.. Kinh!

To^i cu+o+`i:

- Te^n to^i kho^ng pha?i la` Kinh! Co^ muo^'n bie^'t te^n to^i kho^ng?

Ngu+o+`i dde.p la('c dda^`u:

- Kho^ng! Muo^'n bie^'t na~o nu`ng la` gi`?

To^i dda(m dda(m nhi`n va`o khuo^n ma(.t tuye^.t vo+`i cu?a co^:

- La` dde.p la('m. To^i nhi`n co^ ma` muo^'n... che^'t ddi ngay lu'c na`y. Nhu+ the^' go.i la` co^ dde.p na~o nu`ng dda^'y!

Co^ Na`ng pha^?y tay:

- Pha^'y, ca'i o^ng Kinh na`y, ai la.i no'i the^' bao gio+`!

- DDa~ no'i to^i kho^ng pha?i te^n Kinh!

- O^ng ngu+o+`i\... Kinh ma`!

To^i vui ve?:

- A` ra the^'!

- Co`n co^, te^n co^ la` gi`?

- Na`ng Ca'i! Ai cu~ng go.i va^.y tho^i!

- Co^ o+? Ba?n Ca'i tre^n Mu+o+`ng nhu+ng to^i muo^'n bie^'t te^n thie^.t cu?a co^!

- Kho^ng cho bie^'t dda^u!

Co^ xo^'c la.i gu`i lau, chi? tay le^n ddo^`i:

- Pha?i ve^` tho^i. Ca'c "co^ Na`ng" ddo+.i ddo'!

To^i vo+'t va't:

- Bu+~a na`o co^ la.i xuo^'ng?

Co^ Na`ng thua(n thoa('t bu+o+'c ddi:

- Kho^ng bie^'t dda^u!

To^i ddu+'ng nga^?n ngo+ nhi`n theo cho dde^'n khi Na`ng Ca'i ddu+'ng va`o ddo^.i hi`nh ha`ng chu+~ nha^'t, ro^`i cu`ng di chuye^?n ve^` ba?n Mu+o+`ng. A'nh chie^`u nhuo^.m va`ng ca'c gu`i lau long lanh, ddong ddu+a theo nhi.p bu+o+'c cu?a ca'c co^ Na`ng. Toa`n ca?nh nu'i non xanh, tre^n ne^`n tro+`i bie^'c khie^'n to^i na?y ra y' muo^'n le^n Mu+o+`ng, o+? luo^n kho^ng ve^` Xuo^i nu+~a!

Chi. Bie^?u va^~n cu+o+`i:

- Te^. the^' thi` tho^i! O^ng dda^u co`n nho+' vo+., nho+' con gi` nu+~a!

Bie^?u pha^n bua:

- Chi? lu'c ddo' tho^i, ve^`... "buo^`ng" thi` la.i nho+'... ba` va` ma^'y nho?!

- Ai ma` tin ddu+o+.c o^ng!

Chi. Bie^?u la.i gio+ tay:

- Mo+`i ca'c o^ng ba` thie^.t ti`nh cho. Mo'n cha? gio` la` mo'n ma` o^ng nha` to^i dda('c y' nha't!

To^i phu. ho.a:

- Mo'n na`o ma` cha(?ng... he^'t y'! Chu'ng to^i tu+. nhie^n ma`! Nhu+ng mo'n chu'ng to^i\... the`m nha^'t la.i chu+a tha^'y...

Nhung xen va`o:

- Co+m ru+o+.u pha?i kho^ng?

To^i cu+o+`i:

- DDu'ng va^.y!

Ba` Xa~ to^i cu+o+`i theo:

- O^ng na`y thie^.t ti`nh..., dde^? o^ng Bie^?u ke^? the^m chuye^.n Mu`a Xua^n Tre^n Mu+o+`ng cho nghe!

Ba` nha` to^i la` da^n "Nam Ky` Qua('c", mie^.t lu.c ti?nh, ne^n hai tie^'ng... thie^.t ti`nh kho^ng co' nghi~a nhu+... thie^.t ti`nh ma` ba` Bie^?u no'i. Ba` Bie^?u du`ng chu+~ thie^.t ti`nh la` co' y' mo+`i chu'ng to^i chie^'u co^'.. he^'t ca'c mo'n a(n do o^ng Xa~ ba` na^'u nu+o+'ng. Co`n ba` Xa~ to^i no'i\... O^ng na`y... thie^.t ti`nh, ngu. y' sao o^ng... tu+. nhie^n ddo`i a(n qua' va^.y! To^i die^~n ta? cha('c chu+a\... he^'t y', bo+?i tie^'ng Vie^.t "mi`nh" vo^ cu`ng phong phu'!

Bie^?u la('c dda^`u:

- Co' ddu+o+.c le^n Mu+o+`ng dda^u ma` ke^? ddu+o+.c Mu`a Xua^n tre^n ddo'. Nhu+ng ro^`i to^i cu~ng bie^'t dda.i kha'i, pha^`n na`o\...

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Ho^m a^'y - Bie^?u ke^? - To^i le^n nu'i la^'y... giang! O^ng Lie^n cu`ng ddi vo+'i to^i va` co' ca? ba.n Ta. DDinh Lu+o+ng nu+~a\. Nhu+ng le^n dde^'n no+i thi` ma.nh ai na^'y kie^'m cho ddu? so^' ro^`i co`n .. ha. so+n chu+'! To^i men theo mo^.t do`ng suo^'i nho?, nha'c tha^'y bo+` be^n kia co' kho'm giang. Vu+`a re~ sa^.y bu+o+'c xuo^'ng, to^i bi. ma^'y con ong va`ng dden uy'nh cho to^'i ta(m ma(.t mu~i\. DDau qua', to^i su.p ca'i no'n ddi ru+`ng xuo^'ng ngo^`i\... tho+? du+o+'i go^'c mo^.t co^? thu..

- Ong dda'nh a`!

To^i nga^?ng nhi`n le^n. Mo^.t thanh nie^n Mu+o+`ng tay ca^`m dao qua('m bu+o+'c to+'i ngo^`i ca.nh to^i\. Anh la^'y trong tu'i ddeo lu+ng ra mo^.t o^'ng tre nho?:

- Ca'i na`y bo^i va`o he^'t ddau\.

Cha^'t thuo^'c mo+~ ma` anh vu+`a phe^'t le^n nhu+~ng ve^'t ong chi'ch tre^n tra'n, ma', mu~i to^i tha^.t hie^.u nghie^.m, kho^ng co`n ddau nhu+'c nu+~a! To^i vo^.i la^'y bao thuo^'c la' ddu+.ng muo^'i bo^.t trao cho anh:

- Na`y, ca^`m la^'y!

Anh mo+? na('p go'i, bie^'t ngay la` muo^'i:

- O^`, muo^'i ngo.t!

Ma` ngo.t thie^.t. Muo^'i ho^`i ddo' ngo.t li.m cho+' kho^ng ma(.n dda^u\. To^i vui ve?:

- Te^'t ro^`i tre^n Mu+o+`ng vui kho^ng anh?

- Vui ma`! Sao kho^ng le^n Mu+o+`ng a(n Te^'t!

To^i gu+o+.ng cu+o+`i:

- Tu`, tu` ma`!

Anh ga^.t dda^`u:

- U+`! Pha?i\.

To^i ho?i tie^'p:

- Vui la` sao? Co' co+m Lam, ru+o+.u Ca^`n, thi.t Ru+`ng.

- Co', co' nhie^`u\. Co' nha?y mu'a, co' con trai, con ga'i nu+~a!

- Ke^? the^m ddi anh!

- Ke^? gi`?

- Thi` ke^? tre^n Mu+o+`ng a(n Te^'t ra sao?

- No'i ro^`i ma`, vui la('m. Ca'i gi` cu~ng vui!

To^i do` the^m:

- A(n te^'t trong nha` sa`n hay trong ru+`ng?

- Trong nha` chu+'! Nha` to la('m, nhie^`u ngu+o+`i la('m. Be^'p lu+?a to la('m. Nu+o+'ng thi.t ru+`ng.

- A(n uo^'ng chung a`?

- U+`, a(n co+m Lam, thi.t Nai, uo^'ng ru+o+.u nu+~a!

- Co' ca'c co^ Na`ng kho^ng?

- Nhie^`u la('m, vui la('m...

Chi? va^.y tho^i, anh ba.n tre? cu?a to^i kho^ng bie^'t die^~n ta? Mu`a Xua^n Tre^n Mu+o+`ng nhu+ to^i muo^'n bie^'t. Nhu+ng nhi`n ne't ma(.t ra.ng ro+~ cu?a anh, to^i nhu+ nhi`n tha^'y khung ca?nh nha` sa`n da`i ro^.ng, co' nhu+~ng be^'p lu+?a ma` O^ng Ba` Gia`, thanh thie^'u nie^n nam nu+~, qua^y qua^`n be^n nhau, xa? thi.t ru+`ng thui tre^n ma'ng lu+?a, hu't ru+o+.u ca^`n, a(n co+m lam. Co' nhu+~ng ca(.p thanh tha?n ti`nh tu+., no'i cu+o+`i ho^`n nhie^n. Co' tie^'ng khe`n, dda`n tru+ng, sa'o do.c, ke`n loa; tie^'ng tro^'ng bu+ng go~ nhi.p ba(`ng tay, tie^'ng cha^n sa^`m sa^.p tre^n sa`n cu?a nhu+~ng ddo^i mu'a lu+o+.n... Mu`a Xua^n Tre^n Mu+o+`ng! Tie^'c ra(`ng to^i kho^ng co' hoa`n ca?nh ddu+o+.c tham du+..

To^i vui ve?:

- Nghe o^ng no'i, cu~ng ta.m ddu?. Nay xin tro+? la.i ca^u chuye^.n Na`ng Ca'i\. Tru+o+'c khi chu'ng mi`nh di chuye^?n qua Nghi~a Lo^., o^ng co`n ga(.p "na`ng" dde^? tu+` gia~ kho^ng?

- DDi ba^'t ngo+` nhu+ bi. ma dduo^?i, la`m sao ga(.p!

Chi. Bie^?u la.i xen va`o:

- Nhu+ng "cha`ng" kho^ng bao gio+` que^n "na`ng".

Ba` Xa~ to^i no'i tie^'p:

- Cuo^.c "ti`nh" cu?a anh nhu+ va^.y mo+'i dde.p, mo+'i tho+ mo^.ng chu+'!

Bie^?u mi?m cu+o+`i:

- DDu'ng va^.y, ngu+o+`i ta ddi tu` thi`... than. Co`n to^i vo+'i o^ng Lie^n ddi tu` thi`... lo+`i! To^i co' "Na`ng Ca'i" tre^n Mu+o+`ng, o^ng Lie^n vie^'t ddu+o+.c nhie^`u ve^` DDo^`i Ban!

Ba` Nhung na~y gio+` kho^ng y' kie^'n, le^n tie^'ng:

- Ne^'u cho so^'ng la.i tho+`i gian 75, o^ng thi'ch... tro^'n tu` hay ddi\... tu`!

Bie^?u tha(?ng tha('n:

- DDi tu`! Vi` kho^ng ddi tu`, la`m sao co' "Na`ng Ca'i"! Chi? tie^'c chu+a ddu+o+.c chu+'ng kie^'n ta^.n ma('t ca?nh Mu`a Xua^n vo+'i nhu+~ng phong tu.c dda(.c bie^.t tre^n Mu+o+`ng!

Hoa Ky` - Xua^n Quy' Mu`i 2003
Hoa`ng Ngo.c Lie^n

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