Lê Vĩnh Tài | SAIGON IN LOCKDOWN (32/56)


By Lê Vĩnh Tài, translated by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm


when you laugh the world laugh with you

but when you cry you cry alone


the earth is worn, withered and sad

we borrow it’s reflection

in view of our tears


and the raindrops say

you have joy still, yay

you may refuse the wine forced upon you

but you must consume life

like the way we breathe day after day

like the way your daughter takes her books to school

otherwise she’ll be in trouble with her teachers


the world drifting by

no matter how suffocating we have still

a veranda long and far till

one person at a time in a line, then us all

will have to apply in the forms fill

to cross the thin narrow path of sadness 

just like that…

(October 2021)


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