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Lê Vĩnh Tài | 7 VERSES (301)

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By Lê Vĩnh Tài, translated by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

 

7 VERSES

 

1.

you dunk your head into the water

watchful wanting to break

the undercurrents

 

you dunk your head 

for a few seconds

or a few minutes

 

you couldn’t tell for how long

you couldn’t breathe

time ceasing

 

nothing was important

except for the silence

beneath the lake

 

when you couldn’t stand it anymore

you jumped

surrendered

or forfeited

 

so your brain can still breathe

make poetry

cry

 

2.

hi

hello to the sad woman in the mirror

the lucid hypnotizing eyes

the hurtful looks

 

hi

the woman on the floor

mopping up the tears(with her hair)

 

hi

the woman in the bathroom

her voice her flesh

the songs agonizing

 

hi

the sad woman holding onto the corner of your bed

you welcomed her with a fractured smile

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