Lê Vĩnh Tài | the yellow flowers were delirious (319)

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By Lê Vĩnh Tài, translated by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm (Link blog)


the yellow flowers were delirious

the stars were crying because of the horrible way I fell in love with you

you were caught red-handed in the light

in a January kiss, in a dream filled with cigarette smoke
 

no one had the nerve to kiss you

you’re left alone burning and smoking like a tobacco pipe

stuck in a room

full of smoke
 

some say you’re a genius

they withdraw to earn the right to love you

some say that it’s bs you’re a genius

they insert themselves so you’re allowed to come back

as they cry and trip all over each other
 

absolutely horrible but I still love you

long after they’re dead and gone

and you’re still around somewhere

with the people

—

FEBRUARY 2022

Lê Vĩnh Tài, the Vietnamese poet and translator born 1966 in Buon Ma Thuot, Daklak, Vietnam. The retired doctor is still a resident of the Western Highlands, a businessman in Buon Ma Thuot.

Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm, the poet and translator, born 1971 in Phu Nhuan, Saigon, Vietnam. The pharmacist currently lives and works in Western Sydney, Australia.

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