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Quách Thoại | Night (6)

Quách Thoại
(1930-1957)
Born Đoàn Thoại in Hue, Vietnam. He loved Tagore from an early age, at 18 he left for Saigon and was a freelancer for newspapers like Đoàn kết, Làm dân. Within two years became the General Secretary for Nguồn sống. He was a dreamer, generous, and lived life to its fullest. Addicted to opium, he died in hospital alone from tuberculosis.

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 Quách Thoại, translation by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

 

Night

 

 

Numb with sadness was my heart

In the street, the return of dusk

By the door I watched you in silence

Backed into a wall

 

The afternoon breeze soft

Your hair like clouds flew

My soul left in a state of confusion

Upon the pair of eyebrows I was lost

 

Me floating through a forest of hair

Stunned by the odd scent

My heart wept

Wetting red lips were those tears

 

Me resting upon the rise of each breast

Roused by the sound of heartbeat

Sensed within the quiet flesh

The budding of your love

 

Gosh the rapture in those beautiful eyes

Steeped was I in your soul

Upon parted closing eyelids

Softly and silently I was dying

 

The cosmos closing 

Heaven and earth heading into night.

 

(September 2021)

 

Đêm

 

 

Lòng ta tê tái sầu

Hoàng hôn về trên đường

Ta ngồi bên song cửa

Lặng nhìn em bên tường

 

Gió chiều nhè nhẹ thổi

Tóc em mây vờn bay

Cả hồn ta bối rối

Chạy lạc trên đôi mày

 

Ta bay vào rừng tóc

Ngây dại thở kỳ hương

Lòng ta nức nở khóc

Lệ nhỏ ướt môi hường

 

Ta nằm trên đồi vú

Thổn thức cùng tiếng tim

Nghe tình em chớm nụ

Trong da thịt im lìm

 

Ôi ảo mờ mắt đẹp

Ta chìm giữa hồn em

Mi hờ em vừa khép

Ta lặng chết êm đềm

 

Vũ trụ vừa đóng cửa

Trời đất đi vào đêm.

 

—–

Nguồn: Giữa lòng cuộc đời, Tạp chí Văn nghệ xuất bản, Sài Gòn, 1962

 

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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

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