Quách Thoại | Phạm Văn Thông (4)

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By Quách Thoại, translation by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

 

Phạm Văn Thông

Can’t you see that?

Both of their feet were sticking above the soil

In the middle of the field

 

Can’t you remember?

When they took it out into the field

It was still alive

To the moment its head was shoved in the ground

It was still alive

 

Can’t you remember?

When they buried it

It was still alive

 

What can’t you understand?

When they buried it

It was still alive

 

It was kicking, it was shaking

It could still hear, it could still smell

It was chewing, it was still swallowing

Dirt and more dirt

 

There, it’s still moving

Its two legs in the air kicking

I thought I could still hear it screaming

In the middle of the silent empty field.

 

– My name is Phạm Văn Thông…

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