the young poet

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

the young poet

throws a poem

into the air

and they would wait

for the tears

to fall

while in the old poet’s eyes

the mere ode


in alcohol

runs slowly 

down the drain

dripping in a line

follows each other down

into the sewers…

January 2019


nhà thơ trẻ
ném một bài thơ
bay lên trời

nước mắt

trong mắt nhà thơ già
bài thơ
chỉ là
những giọt rượu
qua cống

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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