Lê Vĩnh Tài | SAIGON IN LOCKDOWN (29/56)


By Lê Vĩnh Tài, translated by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm


no one believes in death

you do not believe in it either

someone will come and steal your breath

not your life long possessions


you don’t have a grave either

where they save guard us in the heart of the earth

you turn into a handful of dust

ready to be born again


we shall rise above the nine heavens

you’ve once dreamed of

an adventure full of regret

if only it was your turn to use the respirator


you’re left behind long ago

you just didn’t know


we all cry to you said our goodbyes

so if you’re sad

it’s just regretful that your grandfather was no one of importance

so you may wade through

another dream


(October 2021)


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