Tô Thuỳ Yên | The poor things (16)

Tô Thuỳ Yên (1938-2019) real name was Đinh Thành Tiên, born in Go Vap, Gia Dinh, Vietnam, an alumnus at Petrus Ký and Đại học Văn khoa Sài Gòn. He was a teacher and journalist in Saigon, a Major in the Vietnam Army prior to 1975. After 1975 served 13 years in re-education camps, in 1993, he moved with his family to the United States as a former political prisoner.

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 Tô Thuỳ Yên, translation by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm


The poor things


The two of them dragged each other into a dream

Now both have taken their last breath on the beach of nothingness

The horses witnessed the row of mountain-ash rearing in the storm

As the sea sent the moon rolling against the rocks in a lullaby


(December 2021)


Tội nghiệp


Hai đứa kéo nhau chạy vào mộng mị

Giờ tắt thở nằm trên bãi hư vô

Bầy ngựa chứng hàng thùy dương vó bão

Biển đưa trăng lăn vào đá tiếng ru




Nguồn: Tô Thùy Yên, Thơ tuyển, Minnesota, 1995



By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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

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