Đình Nguyên | My departure (26)

Đình Nguyên is an American-Vietnamese poet and a freelance photographer residing in the American Mid-West

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 Đình Nguyên, translated by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm


The dusk from long ago

afloat drifting 

a flicker from within memory


a distant red eye

fell to the depth of the closing day


my departure


(May 2021)


Một chiều xưa

đã bồng bềnh

Từ trong ký ức dập duềnh

hiện ra

Có con mắt đỏ đằng xa

Chìm sâu khép lại ngày

tôi đi …


By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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

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