your lips bloomed like a flower

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

your lips 

bloomed like a flower

upon me as though I was 

the sea


you’re the rain 

and amongst the waves we loved in silence 

without sound


đôi môi của bạn

mở ra với tôi như một bông hoa

bạn áp vào tôi như tôi là biển


bạn là mưa

chúng ta yêu nhau trong con sóng 

lặng lẽ không có tiếng động



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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