Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm | The Quiet (232)

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.

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.

 By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm, translation into Vietnamese by Lê Vĩnh Tài


im lặng nơi khóe mắt
nơi nước mắt rất mặn
im lặng nơi u sầu
nàng thở dài như khóc
im lặng nơi dái tai
ù tai không nghe thấy
im lặng ngay khóe miệng
nơi răng nanh của nàng


Quiet in the corner of eyes
Where the spring of salt pools hides
Melancholia dwell silently
Bursting in uneventful sighs

Quiet in the corner of ears
Where tinnitus sounds absent cheers
Paranoia burning whispers
Continuing relentless fears

Quiet in the corner of mouths
Where bare canines clench in bouts
Unsaid words of disappointments
Violent spasms of erring shouts

July 13, 2018

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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