Xuân Diệu | A cup of water (2)


An amazing poem shared.

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By Xuân Diệu, translation by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

A cup of water

 

You gave me a cup of water

I’ve turned it into wine

A wine of boundless desire

A wine warm fragrant divine.

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The brewing hunger in your eyes

In the water I will hide

The scent of our breath, our sighs

A wine that must be consumed.

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In the water I will add by far

The wine of a spirit that is “I”

Wine of laughter shimmering stars

The blue stare of the sky.

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O! The cup of passion

From the dawn of life

Infinitely pouring

From this splendid life.

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Again I will raise my cup of water

Invite you for a sip

But darling, don’t drink it all

Or you’ll be drunk before you know

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JANUARY 2022

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