I witnessed it

I witnessed it

From that dark corner in the basement 

You’ve inspired them


The pungent linseed and turpentine

The splitting headaches unkind

The sleepless nights’ pines


Sweeping yellows and sombre blues

The dark sneaking(always) through

Why? (Should you let it go!)


Ripping at the dark bleeding red 

The night pulling the strings

Fuck Destiny your master!


(tặng Đinh Trường Chinh)


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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