one lonely hand

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


a lonely hand

reached out 

& pulled me back

into my shadow


one hand, you’re the only one

I could…

thank you


now the blood I bleed is black


August 2019



một bàn tay cô độc 

vươn ra 

kéo tôi trở lại 

bóng tối của mình


bàn tay, bạn là người duy nhất

tôi có thể…

cám ơn bạn



bây giờ chảy máu màu đen


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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