Lê Vĩnh Tài | I’m not like you (180)

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, a businessman in Buon Ma Thuot.

Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm, the blogger, poet and translator, born 1971 in Phu Nhuan, Saigon, Vietnam. The pharmacist currently lives and works in Western Sydney, Australia.

By Lê Vĩnh Tài, translated by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

I am not like you


since you

can just leave

when you can no longer use me


as for me?




how can I possibly leave

this body has been given to me

by my parents…




tôi không thể như bạn


vì bạn

có thể rời bỏ tôi

khi đã hết vui


còn tôi?




làm sao có thể từ bỏ

xác thân mẹ cha

đã ban tặng cho mình…


MAY 2020


By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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

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