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


Powerful and worthwhile words shared by a talented writer.

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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 

you

 

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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