How could a leaf possibly be so

A poem in Vietnamese by Bùi Kim-Anh
Translation by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

the countable leaves here 

dry rhythmic rustling on the stone pavement

reaching for high heaven were the naked trees in a row 

I’m here adding a hint of me

.

dissolving into the ambience

leaning into a tree trunk counting each waiting heartbeat

as light as the minutes

quiet notes

.

changing moment

spring leaves

as everything slows down

warning whispers

.

wait for the seasonal fall of the last leaf

the crackling opening of new green buds

strolling slowly along

how could a leaf possibly be so…

.

February 2021

LẼ NÀO CHIẾC LÁ

.

ở nơi này đếm được lá rơi

giai điệu xạc xào khô cong lăn trên đường lát đá

hàng cây phơi khung trần trụi phác lên trời

tôi thêm một nét tôi đi bên cạnh

.

hoà vào không gian

đứng dựa vào cây đếm nhịp tim chờ đợi

nhẹ như hơi thở phút giây

những nốt lặng

.

chuyển gam đời mới

lá mùa xuân

ở nơi chậm lại

nghe được tiếng thì thầm mách bảo

.

đợt lá rơi cuối cùng của mùa cây

tiếng nứt vỏ cho mầm xanh non nhú

chậm lại đi

lẽ nào chiếc lá …


Bùi Kim Anh, the poet born in 1948 in Thái Bình, graduated from Hanoi Teacher College, a teacher at a few high schools in Hanoi(Cổ Loa, Bạch Mai, Trần Phú). She is a member of the Vietnam Writers Association. Bùi Kim Anh together with her journalist husband Trần Mai Hạnh currently lives in Nguyễn Đình Chiểu, Hanoi with their eldest daughter and grandchildren, including Thiện Nhân, from Mount Thành, Quảng Nam, abandoned by his mother and adopted by Trần Mai Anh, the poet’s daughter.

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.

March’s full moon

A poem in Vietnamese by Bùi Kim-Anh
Translation by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

there’s no bad intent

a late bloomer 

a belated love

blatantly obvious 

but silent

/

there’s no chance of ever being

side by side tonight

the moon hid behind the clouds

Hanoi wrapped in sunny showers 

there’s no place for a moon

oh infatuated moon 

do you not have a single word for this flower in bloom

on the eve of your full moon

/

the poem is too late

tea cold

flower unaware

hence the displaced

regret

—–

April 2022

RẰM THÁNG BA

có trách gì nhau đâu

một đóa hoa nở muộn

một tình yêu đến muộn

lặng lẽ thôi

biết rồi

/

có được ngồi với nhau đâu 

đêm nay rằm

trăng luẩn quất trong mây

Hà Nội ngày tháng giao mưa nắng

trăng về đâu

vầng trăng say đắm

sao không hẹn lời cho hoa nở 

lúc đêm rằm 

/

thơ đến muộn

chén trà muộn 

hoa vô tình

ta tiếc nuối 

không đâu 


Bùi Kim Anh, the poet born in 1948 in Thái Bình, graduated from Hanoi Teacher College, a teacher at a few high schools in Hanoi(Cổ Loa, Bạch Mai, Trần Phú). She is a member of the Vietnam Writers Association. Bùi Kim Anh together with her journalist husband Trần Mai Hạnh currently lives in Nguyễn Đình Chiểu, Hanoi with their eldest daughter and grandchildren, including Thiện Nhân, from Mount Thành, Quảng Nam, abandoned by his mother and adopted by Trần Mai Anh, the poet’s daughter.

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.

Rain

A poem in Vietnamese by Bùi Kim-Anh
Translation by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

RAIN

.

oh the rain

each small drop

each rhythmic spatter on the tin roof

.

oh the white

each white strands of hair

bursts of silver in each curl

what could ever hold back time

.

November 2020

_____

MƯA

.

kìa mưa

từng giọt nhỏ

mái tôn thủng gõ nhịp rời

.

kìa trắng

từng sợi trắng

bạc òa trên mái tóc

có gì cột thời gian được đâu


Bùi Kim Anh, the poet born 1948 in Thái Bình, graduated from Hanoi Teacher College, a teacher at a few high school in Hanoi(Cổ Loa, Bạch Mai, Trần Phú). She is a member of the Vietnam Writers Association . Bùi Kim Anh together with her journalist husband Trần Mai Hạnh currently lives on Nguyễn Đình Chiểu, Hanoi with their eldest daughter and grandchildren, including Thiện Nhân, from Mount Thành, Quảng Nam, abandoned by his mother and adopted by Trần Mai Anh, the poet’s daughter.

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.

Sunday, May 2021

A poem in Vietnamese by Bùi Kim-Anh
Translation by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

days locked up in the public garden

shrubs and trees silent

empty footpaths yearning for the clatter of feet

.

a small dog perched watching

I’m inside looking out 

as the days passed by

.

I’m old so be told

time has turned its back on me

but next to me 

there is always poetry

.

May 2021

CHỦ NHẬT 30/5

.

công viên những ngày khoá lại 

cỏ cây im lìm như ngủ 

lối không người qua nhìn thèm

.

con chó nhỏ nằm trên sân nhỏ nhìn ra 

ta ngồi trong nhà nhìn ra 

mỗi ngày như thế trôi qua

.

ta đã là người già 

thời gian ngoảnh mặt với ta 

chỉ có thơ mãi ở lại

.

#bka21


Bùi Kim Anh, the poet born in 1948 in Thái Bình, graduated from Hanoi Teacher College, a teacher at a few high schools in Hanoi(Cổ Loa, Bạch Mai, Trần Phú). She is a member of the Vietnam Writers Association. Bùi Kim Anh together with her journalist husband Trần Mai Hạnh currently lives in Nguyễn Đình Chiểu, Hanoi with their eldest daughter and grandchildren, including Thiện Nhân, from Mount Thành, Quảng Nam, abandoned by his mother and adopted by Trần Mai Anh, the poet’s daughter.

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.

The cold wind

A poem in Vietnamese by Bùi Kim-Anh
Translation by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

the cold wind delivered us

stayed 

echoed by the hot coffee in an alley at the old quarter 

the narrow stairs seemingly perched in the air

the seatings vagrant

eerie 

vehicles chewing up the moments

a familiarity

touched upon 

the memories of an old Hanoi

.

December 2020

_____

GIÓ LẠNH

.

gió lạnh đưa ta đến đây 

trú ngụ 

cafe nóng sâu ngõ nhà phố cổ 

cầu thang hẹp như treo 

góc ngồi lãng du

góc ngồi ma mị 

những chiếc xe rỉ nát thời gian 

quen cũ 

chạm vào nhớ 

Hà Nội dáng xưa


Bùi Kim Anh, the poet born in 1948 in Thái Bình, graduated from Hanoi Teacher College, a teacher at a few high schools in Hanoi(Cổ Loa, Bạch Mai, Trần Phú). She is a member of the Vietnam Writers Association. Bùi Kim Anh together with her journalist husband Trần Mai Hạnh currently lives in Nguyễn Đình Chiểu, Hanoi with their eldest daughter and grandchildren, including Thiện Nhân, from Mount Thành, Quảng Nam, abandoned by his mother and adopted by Trần Mai Anh, the poet’s daughter.

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.

Err is the season

A poem in Vietnamese by Bùi Kim-Anh
Translation by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

ERR IS THE SEASON

.

Written for no one

Yet still baffled so

Written for sundowns

Sunset absent towns

.

Err is the season

Err is the wilted rose

Froze in a draw cold

Sold to those that love

.

A rendezvous nil

That aeon ago

And now still thus so

An ode without love

.

Written for sundown

Dropped two words abiding

Gone are sentiments

As time hangs passes by

.

August 2020

_____

HÌNH NHƯ MÙA ĐÃ LỠ

.

có viết cho ai đâu

mà bâng khuâng tệ thế

viết cho những buổi chiều

không hoàng hôn trên phố

.

hình như mùa đã lỡ

hình như hoa hồng ủ

lạnh đông trong ngăn tủ

bán cho người yêu nhau

.

đã bao giờ hẹn đâu

từ ngày xưa xa ấy

và bây giờ cũng vậy

câu thơ không tình yêu

.

viết cho những buổi chiều

quên hai chữ chờ đợi

rơi đâu rồi cảm xúc

lững lờ thời gian trôi


Bùi Kim Anh, the poet born in 1948 in Thái Bình, graduated from Hanoi Teacher College, a teacher at a few high schools in Hanoi(Cổ Loa, Bạch Mai, Trần Phú). She is a member of the Vietnam Writers Association. Bùi Kim Anh together with her journalist husband Trần Mai Hạnh currently lives in Nguyễn Đình Chiểu, Hanoi with their eldest daughter and grandchildren, including Thiện Nhân, from Mount Thành, Quảng Nam, abandoned by his mother and adopted by Trần Mai Anh, the poet’s daughter.

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.

Dusk

A poem in Vietnamese by Bùi Kim-AnhTra
Translation by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

A stroll around the lake

the lake silent 

boundless

.

Leaves glistening teardrops

blooms are hidden waiting

the light reflection of the Sun

.

Rosy the hues of dusk

a bottomless lake

to farewell this day the Sun in such haste

.

(April 2020)

_____

CHIỀU 

.

Ta đi dạo quanh hồ 

mặt hồ lặng im 

bờ hồ như vô bờ 

.

Những chiếc lá long lanh ngấn lệ 

những bông hoa náu mình chờ

mặt trời soi làn nước hồ chiều 

.

Hừng lên màu hoàng hôn 

đáy hồ như vô đáy

vội vã mặt trời từ giã ngày 


Bùi Kim Anh, the poet born in 1948 in Thái Bình, graduated from Hanoi Teacher College, a teacher at a few high schools in Hanoi(Cổ Loa, Bạch Mai, Trần Phú). She is a member of the Vietnam Writers Association. Bùi Kim Anh together with her journalist husband Trần Mai Hạnh currently lives in Nguyễn Đình Chiểu, Hanoi with their eldest daughter and grandchildren, including Thiện Nhân, from Mount Thành, Quảng Nam, abandoned by his mother and adopted by Trần Mai Anh, the poet’s daughter.

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.

Dalat station

A poem in Vietnamese by Bùi Kim-Anh
Translation by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

An old train

like a childhood dream

Every door is locked

.

The poet

on a virtual vessel

a lonely intangible tickle

(no one sells anymore)

.

November 2020

GA ĐÀ LẠT

.

Con tàu cũ

như ước mơ tuổi thơ

Mọi cánh cửa đều khoá

.

Kẻ làm thơ

đi trên con tàu ảo

tấm vé cô đơn cũng vô hình

(không còn ai bán)


Bùi Kim Anh, the poet born in 1948 in Thái Bình, graduated from Hanoi Teacher College, a teacher at a few high schools in Hanoi(Cổ Loa, Bạch Mai, Trần Phú). She is a member of the Vietnam Writers Association. Bùi Kim Anh together with her journalist husband Trần Mai Hạnh currently lives in Nguyễn Đình Chiểu, Hanoi with their eldest daughter and grandchildren, including Thiện Nhân, from Mount Thành, Quảng Nam, abandoned by his mother and adopted by Trần Mai Anh, the poet’s daughter.

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.

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