Lê Vĩnh Tài | AN EPIC POEM SHATTERED INTO WARM RAIN – BÀI TRƯỜNG CA VỠ RA MƯA ẤM


Outstanding poetry shared by a talented writer. Please read and share.

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By Lê Vĩnh Tài, translated by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

 

(PROLOGUE)

 

resonating deep echoes of a gong far gone

a gloomy day a baby turned in its mother’s womb 

who gets to choose the door entering the world

the land hot bloodied in human sweat 

recollections forgetful as clouds are as springs

child, are you sure it’s not too much…

 

we grew up with endless stars

gleaming without having to ever choose

oh mountain art thou so tall

yet the footprints in every corner all 

across everything

life and death

separated by a step on the ladder

 

The west highlands vast to the very end of bloodshed

mother taught us to see

wheat flowers thirst like people

hid sweetness within thin layers of its husk

 

The west highlands vast to the end of life

DamSan has fallen in love with the daughter of the Sun

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