Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm | I’m on my knees (62)

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.

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.

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm, translation into Vietnamese by Lê Vĩnh Tài


Wishful from within the haze a maze of longing

Abandoned dazed on the gravel grating

I’m on my knees


The engorgement of an ocean of damp wanting.


mơ ước từ mê cung của một sương mù

của khao khát

bị bỏ rơi bàng hoàng

tôi quỳ gối trên sỏi


sự ngấu nghiến một đại dương khát khao ẩm ướt.



By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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

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