Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm | I’m on my knees (62)

Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm, the poet and translator, born 1971 in Phu Nhuan, Saigon, Vietnam. The pharmacist currently lives and works in Western Sydney, Australia.

Lê Vĩnh Tài, an acclaimed Vietnamese poet and translator, born 1966 in Buon Ma Thuot, Daklak, Vietnam. The retired doctor is still a resident of the Western Highlands , an acclaimed businessman in Buon Ma Thuot.

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm, translation from English to Vietnamese by Lê Vĩnh Tài

Wishful from within the haze a maze of longing
Abandoned dazed on the gravel grating
I’m on my knees

The engorgement of an ocean of damp wanting.

mơ ước từ mê cung của một sương mù
của khao khát
bị bỏ rơi bàng hoàng
tôi quỳ gối trên sỏi

sự ngấu nghiến một đại dương khát khao ẩm ướt.

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

There's magic in translating a body of work from one language to another.

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