Lê Vĩnh Tài | Who should I be? (271)

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

Who are you

with your eyes suddenly cracked open

causing the bleeding 

of every single colour?


What are you

to cause the death of all colours

as soon as your nail polish dries up


Who are you actually?

What resides in your heart?

Which has turned us into strangers?

In that case, who should I be?

bạn là ai

khi hai mắt của bạn bỗng dưng bị vỡ

làm các màu sắc đều bắt đầu

chảy máu?


bạn là ai

khi sơn móng tay của bạn đã khô

làm sắc màu đã chết


bạn là ai?

trong trái tim bạn

để chúng ta trở thành người dưng?

rồi tôi sẽ là ai?


MAY 2021

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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

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