Rest in peace

A poem in Vietnamese by Nguyễn Đức Sơn
Translator: Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm
Art: Đinh Trường Chinh

Rest in peace 

The grave will be cold on my return 

The sea of our memories shall be embraced by the wind

Through the scattered trees the full moon cast its shadow

Will you then from this world my love

Harvest enough dreams

May 2022

—–

Tịch mạc

Rồi mai huyệt lạnh anh về

Ru nhau gió thổi bốn bề biển xưa

Trăng tà đổ bóng cây thưa

Mộng trần gian đã hái vừa chưa em

Thơ Nguyễn Đức Sơn 


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.

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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