Lê Vĩnh Tài | no. 20:12 – your mother did not give you a name

Powerful and worthwhile words shared by a talented writer.


By Lê Vĩnh Tài, translation by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm


your mother did not give you a name


she instead tucked away all the rhymes

inside her recall

for you


the poem, you use it

to travel

where ever 

people may try to bid and bargain


you know that even

rhymes, like the shoes

you wear in the street

after the times you’ve found 

customers, those who like to buy

and evade tax when they sell 



like a tree after a storm

the wind can give you 

a stomachache


you end up with indigestion

go home

in an ambulance, thus many things may

wet you

no one to check or confiscate


your mother will place a dream in your heart

through mystics slips

once or twice

each night, dreams in a tiny room

causing your chest to shrink

like the rhymes and…

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