Lê Vĩnh Tài | the poem you’ve coveted (231)

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, translation by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm 

the poem you’ve coveted


hung up

caressed and admired 


taken to bed


now the only cause

of your sadness…


bài thơ

bạn ấp ủ nó


bạn treo nó lên 

ngắm và vuốt ve


bạn ngủ với nó


và bây giờ

nó là điều duy nhất làm cho bạn buồn…



By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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

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