Nguyễn Đức Sơn | Life (7)

Nguyễn Đức Sơn, the Vietnamese poet was born on November 18, 1937 in Du Khanh village, Thanh Hai district, Ninh Thuan province, originally from Thua Thien Hue. He began writing poetry very early with the pen name Sao Trên Rừng, and other pen names like Sơn Núi. On the morning of June 11, 2020
passed away at the age of 83.

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

By Nguyễn Đức Sơn , translation by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm


A maimed cricket

With rickety wings

No one cared about

The Ants were all over it at the end of one summer

All alone in this ugly World

Dead amongst the bamboo shoots


April 2022

Cảnh đời

Có một con dế què

Cánh mòn đập rè rè

Không ai nghe

Kiến bu trần trụi cuối hè

Một mình trên Trái Đất màu mè

Nằm chết trong lùm tre

Thơ Nguyễn Đức Sơn 

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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

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