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Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm | Old, how much aging is old? (148)

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

Old, how much aging is old? I look at the children on the monkey bars and I saw my childhood; I look at the teenagers and I remember my youth; I face my parents and I’m reminded of my good health. My heart beats half a century, yet my mind is the firmness of a perky nineteen year old. I look at a young man passing and forgets I am the age of his mother, my pulse arrhythmic and it came to me, the first time he held my hand- orange twilight fell upon the walk bridge at the length of a working day, our hands barely brushed, and my heart sang arias.

May 2018

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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

5 replies on “Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm | Old, how much aging is old? (148)”

Thank you for responding to my beginners blog as I attempt to provide a forum for two dear Native American men in prison who have no voice and mean the world to me. I have enjoyed reading this and others of your posts and see what a beautiful heart you have. Sings Many Songs

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