Lê Vĩnh Tài | MY HOMELAND A CENTURY AGO – 7/11 – night, if we were the rising sun

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


if we were the rising Sun 

a Sun sketched on paper long ago

each time redder

each time more hurtful

night, what more do you want?


May 2022


đêm ơi

ví dụ như ta đang bình minh

mặt trời trên trang giấy ngày xưa ta vẽ 

mỗi lúc một đỏ hơn

mỗi lúc một đớn đau hơn

đêm còn muốn một điều gì nữa?

By Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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

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