Bùi Giáng | A Dream (3)

Bùi Giáng (1926-1998) born in Thanh Châu, Duy Xuyên, the province of Quảng Nam, Vietnam. He passed away at Chợ Rẫy Hospital in Saigon, Vietnam. Self taught at a late age in life. The prolific poet and translator was fluent in French, English, and Kanji. With many published translations like Hamlet by Shakespeare, The Little Prince by Saint Exupéry, Campus…

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 Bùi Giáng, translation by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

A Dream


Dusk is but an accompanying fantasy

Absurdly called the looming shadow a dream

I’ve been back since the end of the moon cycle

In reverie watched you retreating

Your movements engulfed by the mist

Looked at me just once, a madman

After sometime in worrisome recall

A woman of great beauty, once.


(December 2021)




Hoàng hôn cơn mộng tháp tùng

Từng vô duyên gọi bóng nùng diễm qua

Anh về từ cuối nguyệt hoa

Nhìn em như mộng mị xa xa dần

Em đi sương bóng vô ngần

Nhìn anh như ngó một lần người điên

Về sau ký ức trược phiền

Làm sao quên được thuyền quyên một lần.


By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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

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