A funny verse

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

A person hung themselves from a tree in a park

In the middle of the city

In the last flashback 

A pair of lovers kissed


The young woman giggled mischievously like a pebble thrown

Rolling down the terracotta roof tiles

[September 2021]


Một người treo cổ trên cành cây

Trong công viên giữa thành phố

Nhìn một phút cuối cùng

Đôi tình nhân hôn nhau


Thiếu nữ cười tinh nghịch như hòn sỏi

Ném lăn theo triền mái ngói

Thơ, trích từ LIÊN, ĐÊM MẶT TRỜI TÌM THẤY (1964)

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

There's magic in translating a body of work from one language to another.

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