A poem in Vietnamese by Nguyễn Đức Sơn Translator: Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm Photography: Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm
Hold on and roll child
Curl up like a chubby little rock and roll
So that life may be more of a stroll
Get used to losing your balance so on so and so on
Nhìn con tập lật
Nắm tay lật úp đi con
Co thân tròn trịa như hòn đá lăn
Muốn cho đời sống không cằn
Tập cho quen mất thăng bằng từ đây
Nguyễn Đức Sơn, the poet was born on November 18, 1937, in Du Khanh village, Thanh Hai district, Ninh Thuan province, originally from Thua Thien Hue. He began writing poetry very early with the pen name Sao Trên Rừng, and other pen names like Sơn Núi. On the morning of June 11, 2020, passed away at the age of 83.
Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm, the blogger, poet, and translator, was born in 1971 in Phu Nhuan, Saigon, Vietnam. The pharmacist currently lives and works in Western Sydney, Australia.