Lê Vĩnh Tài | her sunset (98)

Lê Vĩnh Tài, the Vietnamese poet and translator, born 1966 in Buon Ma Thuot, Daklak, Vietnam. The retired doctor is still a resident of the Western Highlands, an acclaimed businessman in Buon Ma Thuot.

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 Lê Vĩnh Tài, translated by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm


her sunset was like 

everyone else’s


she sketches the sky

with a flame

in burnt 

orange red 


but no one knows 

what comes after her

a whole world

covered in pot-ash



hoàng hôn của nàng

cũng giống như mọi người


nàng vẽ bầu trời

với ngọn lửa

cháy màu cam

lam màu đỏ


nhưng phía sau nàng

là cả một thế giới

dính đầy nhọ nồi

mà không ai biết…



By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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

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