Đinh Trường Chinh | a sidelong look at the darkness (15)

Đinh Trường Chinh born 1970 in Tan Dinh, Saigon, Vietnam. The American-Vietnamese poet and artist, computer engineer currently lives and work in Virginia, U.S.A.

Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm, the poet, born 1971 in Phu Nhuan, Saigon, Vietnam. A practicing pharmacist, who currently lives and works in Western Sydney, Australia.

by Đinh Trường Chinh, translation by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm


nhìn nghiêng vào bóng tối

thấy những ngọn sóng trôi


tan vào ngọn sóng trôi

dưới một trời tinh tú


với tay vào tinh tú

chạm ngàn giọt lệ tan


nghe trong giọt lệ tan

những chia lìa nghi ngút


May 2020


a sidelong look at the darkness

saw there a drifting wave


dissolved in the drifting wave

beneath a celestial sky


reaching for the celestial sky

touched a thousand dissolving teardrops


felt within a dissolving teardrops

the unthinkable goodbyes

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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

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