Lê Vĩnh Tài | Listen to Poetry as though you would listen to the rain (84)

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By Lê Vĩnh Tài, translated by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

6 POEMS – 6 BÀI THƠ

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INEBRIATED POETRY IS ALWAYS GETTING UP LATE

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Poetry’s throat is hoarse with pain

As though there are razor blades 

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Listen to Poetry as though you would listen to the rain 

You’ll find Poetry’s body tonight

In your apartment

Where Poetry’s been for days

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Poetry’s heart has been ravaged by spirit

The verses no longer pours from pain

But from the spirits poured

Poetry is jealous of the women who looks at you

Poetry’s rage

Could rip a woman in half in the dark

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When you buy and sell a poem the way you do the photograph of a woman

You will destroy God’s faith

God shall take out the heart from your chest

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The pain shall remain in your heart like a blade

Even after the woman ask…

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