Lê Vĩnh Tài | EOU – 5. the country is under attack


By Lê Vĩnh Tài, translation by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

the country is under attack


it is what resides in your heart

oh angry young one


it is on your hot cheeks

a cover for your tears


it is a diamond

aiming at the bitterness of history


the vicious famines dictates history

the spineless genocides


the sun now out of sight 

in the shadow of a moon over the fields


red in the West, redder in the East

head first like shoulder-fired missiles


the rise of an fuzzy orange moon

slowly turning into the yellows of fire


while the hills darkened

who won’t find their way home


the scent of the night, musky, damp

upon the precipice of brilliant light, gosh the beauty


the mesmerising women on the battlefield 

you’ve idolised since you were a child


but who would…

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