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Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm | A LIFE WORTH LIVING (38)

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 Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

A LIFE WORTH LIVING

I walked down the footpath she led me

Along the Olympic drive, I did see

We walked quietly amidst screaming cars

I wanted it to end if I wanted to go far

It was loud the spinning of tires. 

Screeching relentless full of desire

I heard it’s calling I wanted to go.

I was just tire so tired, but she said no

“If you go I will be alone…

The children were you they were born.

Your parents have no choice. 

They’ve never had a voice…”

So we turned into the side street.

There the colour autumn greets

The wheel of the season slow

Yet my heart like lead so so old.

June 8, 2018

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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

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