A poem in Vietnamese by Nguyễn Văn Gia Translator: Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm Photograph: Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm
through the boundless paths and alleyways
Deserted countryside –
sweeping silent miles
Through untold gushing streams
But unsurpassable is my shadow,
qua vạn nẻo đường
Bản thôn vắng ngắt –
dặm trường lặng thinh
Qua bao truông suối gập ghềnh
Cũng không qua nổi bóng mình,
Nguyễn Văn Gia, the poet and facebooker is a retired English professor who currently lives in Danang, Vietnam.
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.