the poem, it’s already the past

A poem in Vietnamese by Lê Vĩnh Tài
Translator: Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm
Photography: Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

the poem 

it’s already the past

and each afternoon

it would bleed its monthly drop of blood

on the places you have passed by…

_______

bài thơ

nó đã là quá khứ

và mỗi buổi chiều

nó nhỏ giọt máu hàng tháng của mình xuống

những nơi bạn đã đi qua…

_____

NOVEMBER 2019

Lê Vĩnh Tài, the poet and translator born in 1966 in Buon Ma Thuot, Daklak, Vietnam. The retired doctor is still a resident of the Western Highlands and a businessman in Buon Ma Thuot.

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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