A poem in Vietnamese by Tô Thùy Yên Translator: Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm Art: Đinh Trường Chinh
The two of them dragged each other into a dream
Now both have taken their last breath on the beach of nothingness
The horses witnessed the row of mountain-ash rearing in the storm
As the sea sent the moon rolling against the rocks in a lullaby
Hai đứa kéo nhau chạy vào mộng mị
Giờ tắt thở nằm trên bãi hư vô
Bầy ngựa chứng hàng thùy dương vó bão
Biển đưa trăng lăn vào đá tiếng ru
Nguồn: Tô Thùy Yên, Thơ tuyển, Minnesota, 1995
Tô Thuỳ Yên (1938-2019) real name was Đinh Thành Tiên, born in Go Vap, Gia Dinh, Vietnam, an alumnus at Petrus Ký and Đại học Văn khoa Sài Gòn. He was a teacher and journalist in Saigon, a Major in the Vietnam Army prior to 1975. After 1975 served 13 years in re-education camps, in 1993, he moved with his family to the United States as a former political prisoner.
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.