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Sấu Mã | FRETFUL – BĂN KHOĂN (12)

Sấu Mã, the poet is a respected professor of literature from midland, Vietnam.

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 Sấu Mã, translation by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

FRETFUL

.

A thought threw to the sky

Met a dark cloud

As it turns out

Nothing disappears without a trace.

.

The earth struggling to shrink

So we may have 

A place

.

Shrunk so small

A sprinter to the touch

Conceivable

The bubbling

Heat

.

August 2020

_____

BĂN KHOĂN

.

Thả ý nghĩ lên trời

Gặp đám mây đen 

Thì ra

Chẳng gì tan không dấu vết

.

Trái đất phải cựa mình thu xếp

Để ta

Có một chỗ 

Ngồi

.

Dù đã thu mình rất nhỏ

Sờ xuống dằm

Vẫn thấy

Nóng 

Sôi

 .

23/8/2020

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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

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