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Kim-Anh Bùi | HOW COULD THE LEAF POSSIBLY (8)

Bùi Kim Anh, the Vietnamese poet born 1948 in Thái Bình, graduated from Hanoi Teacher College, a teacher at a few high school in Hanoi(Cổ Loa, Bạch Mai, Trần Phú). She is a member of the Vietnam Writers Association . Bùi Kim Anh together with her journalist husband Trần Mai Hạnh currently lives on Nguyễn Đình Chiểu, Hanoi with their eldest daughter and grandchildren, including Thiện Nhân, from Mount Thành, Quảng Nam, abandoned by his mother and adopted by Trần Mai Anh, the poet’s daughter.

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 Kim-Anh Bui, translation by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

HOW COULD THE LEAF POSSIBLY

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the leaves here countable

the desiccated rhythmic rustling on the stone pavement

reaching for high heaven the naked displayed row of trees

I’m here adding a hint of me

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dissolving into the ambience

leaning into a tree trunk counting each waiting heartbeat

light like the minutes

the quiet notes

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the changing moment

the spring leaves

where all things slows down

in warning whispers

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wait for the seasonal fall of the last leaf

the crackling of opening brand new green buds

strolling slowly along

how could the leaf possibly …

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February 2021

LẼ NÀO CHIẾC LÁ

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ở nơi này đếm được lá rơi

giai điệu xạc xào khô cong lăn trên đường lát đá

hàng cây phơi khung trần trụi phác lên trời

tôi thêm một nét tôi đi bên cạnh

.

hoà vào không gian

đứng dựa vào cây đếm nhịp tim chờ đợi

nhẹ như hơi thở phút giây

những nốt lặng

.

chuyển gam đời mới

lá mùa xuân

ở nơi chậm lại

nghe được tiếng thì thầm mách bảo

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đợt lá rơi cuối cùng của mùa cây

tiếng nứt vỏ cho mầm xanh non nhú

chậm lại đi

lẽ nào chiếc lá …

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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

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