Lê Vĩnh Tài | The Death Vessel (223)
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By Lê Vĩnh Tài, translation by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm
The Death Vessel
the autumn, the falling leaves
a philosophical journey heading for oblivion
The apples fall like teardrops
red bruises searching for an escape
Time for due departure, farewell
to find me again
before any further transgression
As for you, have you built your death vessel?
make it with care because you’ll need it
Rain like the apples will fall
thick, like thunder and lightning, upon the soil
void of trees void of forests
void of receding water
And the hint of death like the smell of ashes
because of your last cooked meal
Can you still smell it?
On the purple bruised body, a scared soul
you saw yourself curled up; face scrunched up because of the cold
the wind howling through your ears…
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