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Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm | Happy Anniversary Mr. Tran ! (82)

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

Happy anniversary Mr. Tran !

In a simpler time:
I was barely a graduate,
You in a hundred dollar suit
___ from Lowe’s.

A Mars bar for lunch,
Or wet sandwiches surprise.
(Already a gourmet cook!)
Your jacket hung
___ on thin shouders.

We had two rooms,
Two pairs of chopsticks,
A bowl of rice,
Piled on with morning glory.

Days long ago
Months so pass by
Two hearts a light
Blink, twenty one years.

February 11, 2016

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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

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