this world is a cave

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

Sydney Harbour, Australia

this world is a cave

she checks the dictionary

the word cave is hang động


hang động she’s not

she loves



she thinks

dating is fun

in a cave


in love

she likes to explore in this case

the places


with breathlessness…


thế giới này là một hang động

nàng tra từ điển

chữ hang động là cave


nàng không phải cave

nàng chỉ yêu

anh ấy


nàng nghĩ

thật thú vị khi hẹn hò

trong một hang động


vì khi yêu

nàng thích đi chơi

vào nơi


ngộp thở



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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