An afternoon at the end of the week

A poem in Vietnamese by Bạch Diệp
Translator: Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm


Picking up the pieces of the afternoon

Tucking them away inside a draw

Includes you too, dear

A wistful thorn


April is as unsteady as a drunk as oblivious as those unaware

The streets, crown land scattered with geranium


Draped quietly across the lawn

In strokes of gorse and canvas

Roses and Jack London on a wooden shelf


I was reminded of the things we did, and shouldn’t have done.


April 2022


Nhặt những câu chuyện của chiều 

Cho vào ngăn kéo

Cả anh nữa

Chiếc gai đăm chiêu


Tháng Tư đi như người say nói như người ngây

Phố là điền trang nở đầy hoa phong lữ


Rũ những vạt âm thầm trên cỏ

Bằng nét cọ kim tước và toan

Đặt lên kệ gỗ hoa hồng ngài Jack London


Em nhớ chúng ta đã làm điều không muốn.

                BD 11.04.2022

Bạch Diệp, the poet and artist lives in Hue, 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.

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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


      1. Hahaha, I see what you mean 🤭🤭😄. I think it may have been the choice of emoji that gave the impression of a sarcastic undertone. But I am definitely not sarcastic about the fact that it is a great poem and I am definitely not sarcastic about the helpfulness of your translations 👍💯😄😄.

        I am not a sarcastic person; as a matter of fact, it’s within my nature to be very sincere and being positive and cheerful is just part of my personality lol

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      2. 🤣🤣 I accept you as you are and will take your advice into consideration and I will continue to support you and compliment your work with positive and encouraging input just like I always have 👍😄☺️💕

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      3. 🤩💕 awwww, you are very welcome ☺️🤗💙💙.

        I wish you and yours a marvelously Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 🎉⭐🎄🎇🥰😘.

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      4. You are incredible💕💕✌️🙂. Thank you so much, and I hope that 2⃣0⃣2⃣3⃣ will be a phenomenal year for you👍👍😂

        And remember, I never think that you are sarcastic, only that there are moments when you are drunk haha 😆

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  1. “Ha ha, sarcasm is an art yeah. 🙂”

    LOL you make it look like an art 😂🤩💕💕

    Sorry for responding to this so late 🤭☺️🌹. I hope you’re well my friend 👍😄

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  2. Happy New Year and above all good health to you and your whole family. Peace, justice, love and freedom for all oppressed peoples. Friendly kisses from Auvergne (France). ❤

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