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

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By Lê Vĩnh Tài, translation by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

the country is under attack

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it is what resides in your heart

oh angry young one

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it is on your hot cheeks

a cover for your tears

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it is a diamond

aiming at the bitterness of history

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the vicious famines dictates history

the spineless genocides

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the sun now out of sight 

in the shadow of a moon over the fields

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red in the West, redder in the East

head first like shoulder-fired missiles

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the rise of an fuzzy orange moon

slowly turning into the yellows of fire

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while the hills darkened

who won’t find their way home

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the scent of the night, musky, damp

upon the precipice of brilliant light, gosh the beauty

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the mesmerising women on the battlefield 

you’ve idolised since you were a child

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but who would…

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