Lê Vĩnh Tài | not because you’re missing in action (124)

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

not because you’re missing in action


your soul is imprisoned



for you to turn around

and smile


không phải bạn mất tích


linh hồn bạn bị giam cầm

nằm đâu đó

vẫn chờ

bạn nở nụ cười

và quay lại…



By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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

3 replies on “Lê Vĩnh Tài | not because you’re missing in action (124)”

I’m glad you put the English translation otherwise I might have missed out on this emotional masterpiece. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful post! You have a lovely smile as well, never let it fade away. 😁 According to your convenience please do read some of my writings would love to know what you think about them. 🙂🙏

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