one verse

A poem in Vietnamese by Thanh Tâm Tuyền
Translator: Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm
Art: Đinh Trường Chinh

ONE VERSE

The driver wore black
drove an empty van
the sad rain was up late poured over the sunny land 
the lovers sang in passing tenderness
no (da)Dadaism nor Surrealism 
straight forward
folklore to free verse
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MỘT BÀI THƠ

Người tài xế mặc áo đen
chiếc xe hàng vắng
mưa xứ nắng buồn dậy muộn
tình nhân thở dĩ vãng vuốt ve
không đa đa siêu thực
thẳng thắn
khởi từ ca dao sang tự do

* nguồn : Thanh Tâm Tuyền . Tôi Không Còn Cô Độc . Người Việt xuất bản , in tại nhà in Hợp Lực , xong ngày 15-10-1956 .


Thanh Tâm Tuyền (1936-2006), real name Dư Văn Tâm, was a poet, as well as critic, editor, fiction writer, and playwright. He was born in Vinh, moved to Saigon in 1954, emigrated to the US in 1983, and died in Minnesota in 2006. (Source: Wikipedia)

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.

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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