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Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm | tôi mãi mãi đứa học trò – Forever a student (196)

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

Lê Vĩnh Tài, the translator, 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.

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm, translation by Lê Vĩnh Tài

 

A student forever
the words of the unpublished author
never to be published
never to be printed on paper.
 
There is certainty in such beauty, don’t you think?
 
And, is this not the question?
 
Are you not always alone when you write?
 
I am always alone when I think of you.
There is no “two”.
 
 
tôi mãi mãi đứa học trò
những con chữ không bao giờ xuất bản
không bao giờ được in
 
nhưng sao chúng cứ đẹp lồng lộng, bạn có nghĩ vậy không?
mà thôi, đó cũng không còn là câu hỏi nữa
 
không phải lúc nào bạn cũng một mình
tôi luôn cô đơn khi nghĩ về bạn
 
tôi là một thơ tôi là duy nhất
không bao giờ là số “hai”
 
 
August 2021

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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

22 replies on “Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm | tôi mãi mãi đứa học trò – Forever a student (196)”

Thank you, I grew up with English, I didn’t under Shakespeare until I was in my forties. English is a beautiful language. As for Vietnamese, I’ve been delving into it for the last 5 years, many mistakes, but I love it. I believe anyone can learn a new language. You just need to find a method that is fun for you. Mine just happened to be poetry, I’ve been translating a paragraph, a poem every day before I go to sleep. The blog for the past year was a cool way to share them. I have no patience to count on unfortunately. Thank you so much for your encouragement, I’m hoping to move onto something harder today. 🥰🥰🥰

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