Lê Vĩnh Tài | come back to me (44)

Lê Vĩnh Tài, an acclaimed Vietnamese poet, 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.

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.

By Lê Vĩnh Tài, translated by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

come back
to me
embrace me
untangle my hair

like a bull’s horn
the fingers
brushing the hair
the silky
scented flesh
that wants to covet you
as a rose would
swallow the sting
of a bee


trở lại
với tôi
ôm tôi vào lòng
vuốt lại mái tóc cho tôi

như sừng trâu
ngón tay
vuốt tóc
dải lụa
da thơm
sẽ bao bọc bạn
như hoa hồng
con ong

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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

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