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Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm | TEAR IT ALL UP (5)

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 Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

TEAR IT ALL UP

.

Tear it all up

Put it all through the shredder

Throw it all in a furnace

To be sure, take a hammer to it

.

Let it be ash, gravel, dust

Set it free in the wind

See it drift to the sea

To be sure set it free

.

Why keep it 

Laden in your gut

Be the whole of your being

“Let it go, let it go…”

(like that childish song)

.

The shadow 

The shadows

The shadows that follow

All that sorrows.

_____

August 2019

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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

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