her sunset

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

her sunset is like

everyone else’s

she sketches the sky

with a flame

in a burnt orange red 

but people are oblivious 

to the trail behind her

a world covered in pot-ash


hoàng hôn của nàng

cũng giống như mọi người

nàng vẽ bầu trời

với ngọn lửa

cháy màu cam

lam màu đỏ

nhưng phía sau nàng

là cả một thế giới

dính đầy nhọ nồi

mà không ai biết…



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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