the light

A poem in Vietnamese by Lê Vĩnh Tài
Translator: Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm
Photographer: Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm
Published October 2020 on Litviet


the shape of your eyes fine

like the air

the sharpness of a ray of light

cutting vertically the sky

your pages of poetry

imprints of a blue horizon

pressed resin

an identification card



đôi mắt bạn mỏng dánh 

như không khí

sắc nét như tia sáng

cắt dọc trên bầu trời

những trang thơ của bạn

in lên bầu trời xanh 

ép nhựa 

như một tấm chứng minh nhân dân



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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