Lê Vĩnh Tài | once you’re ready to shine, I shall be the flame (287)

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By Lê Vĩnh Tài, translated by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

 

once you’re ready to shine

I shall be the flame

upon your flesh licking

 

a flame

more nimble than thoughts

you shall fly

the smoke, who knows where it will end up?

 

Who will you 

surpass?

 

it’s a long road 

and not once did you gave up

 

I’ve lost the morning waiting

a pile your ashes

scattered upon my mattress

your eyelids burned

 

so you opened your eyes

because my tongue was on fire

a cold shower was all you desired

 

you claimed it was hot

as though you were feverish the entire night

 

your hair

shall be the night

melt into it you shall

 

there’s black in it

but with exhaustion you’ve turned grey

upon the sun blackened freckled

face of the wind…

 

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