Lê Vĩnh Tài | AN EPIC ODE OF UKRAINE – 4/43 – history is a barrel or a hole

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

February 27th, 2022

history is not a barrel or a hole

nor is it a hose

you can turn off

and forget




like how Mother 

will never stop crying…


Lịch sử không phải một lỗ thùng 

cũng không phải là một cái vòi 

bạn có thể vặn khóa

và quên 

bao nhiêu là máu 

đã chảy qua


như Mẹ

không ngừng rơi nước mắt…

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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

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