Đình Nguyên | Spring is in the air (23)

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

“Hope” is the thing with feathers, that perches in the soul. And sings the tune without the words. And never stops, at all. – Emily Dickinson.

Sleep darling sleep
the winter to the bone chilly
The snow thick whichever way

The laden rooftops
the frozen aching
the flesh burning chafing

Waiting for the thawing
the pouring of sunlight
a warm ray at a time

You’re awakening
a joyous blooming

Your heart
trimmed in snowflakes

Spring is in the air

(February 2021)

Ngủ đi em
mùa đông rất lạnh
Tuyết đã dày trên khắp nẻo

Những mái nhà oằn xuống
cơn đau đông cứng
rát bỏng thân mình

Đợi băng tan
Là lúc mặt trời rót xuống
từng tia hơi ấm

Em dậy
nở tưng bừng

Trong lòng em
điểm những bông tuyết
in vào
lấm chấm

Trời đã sang xuân

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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

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