Thái Hạo | A sound like a falling egg -Tiếng rơi như trái trứng (24)


By Thái Hạo, translation by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm


A sound like a falling egg

breaking on a boulder

the earth in numbing silence

people whispering the name

Phạm Đoan Trang

snippets in all that loud Vietnamese 

leather attaches


and talk of democracy


– You shouldn’t be the one on a hunger strike

while out there they eat drink have their coffees cigarettes

from the ancient East to West, the mentions of your name

to dressing up their status quo 

in dark, cool glasses

man buns and scruffy beards

Trump this and that

there again your name


A woman should have the right to be a wife

be mothers of babies

we all want a family

all afraid of the cell


In this country, the women consistently at the frontline

Bà Trưng Bà Triệu on elephants backs fighting, an era of sunrise

in a period…

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