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Lê Vĩnh Tài | deception is not love (102)

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

.

lying isn’t love

nor lying ever be as clouds are in the sky

as the past could ever be a lie

.

not a bullet

but the truth penetrates deep, cuts

it could change a world

.

a chance of a new happiness

is neither a lie

like poetry is never a lie

it begins with a breath

facing evil like the wind

.

like when she

threw you out with the garbage

as she left

.

deception is not love

nor the lies, clouds in the sky

the past is never a lie

.

it’s not a bullet

but the truth is so much more painful that

it could change the world

.

happiness

once more is no lie

since poetry is not a lie

it begins within a breath

of the wind in the face of evil

.

like when the lady

threw you out like garbage

on her way out

_________

 

yêu không phải lời nói dối

mây trên trời không phải lời nói dối

quá khứ không phải lời nói dối

.

không phải viên đạn

nhưng sự thật đau hơn cả viên đạn

nó có thể thay đổi cả thế giới

.

hạnh phúc

một lần nữa cũng không phải lời nói dối

bài thơ không phải lời nói dối

nó bắt đầu thổi

và gió nhìn chằm chằm vào cái ác

.

như nàng

ném bạn vào thùng rác

lúc bỏ đi

 

______

SEPTEMBER 2019

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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

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