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Phạm Công Thiện | Let’s just say (4)

Phạm Công Thiện, the Vietnamese poet, Buddhist philosopher, scholar, under the name of Nguyên Tánh was born on June 1st, 1941 in Mỹ Tho, Vietnam. He left Vietnam in 1970, lived in Israel, Germany, then for a while in France. In 1983, he moved to the United States, settled in Los Angeles, and became a professor of Buddhism at the College of Buddhist Studies. He passed away on August 3rd, 2011 in Houston, Texas, U.S.A.

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 Phạm Công Thiện , translation by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

Let’s just say

Let’s just say it’s poetry

Composed sometime ago

For a little lady 

Someone I knew, no, not at all

May 2022

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Xin gọi

Xin gọi đại là thơ

Làm lúc nào chẳng nhớ

Cho một cô gái nhỏ

Chưa từng gặp bao giờ

Nguồn: Phạm Công Thiện, Trên tất cả đỉnh cao là lặng im, NXB Văn hoá Sài Gòn, 2009

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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

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