Still game

Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

A poem in Vietnamese by Tản Đà

Translator: Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm


Still Game

I’m sick of life who knew

If life’s interested in me, I’m game.

Till I’m bored to death, till sick is life,

When life is sick of each other, I’ll stop.

I.e. I’ll end it before you can even stop me,

If life still has me, then I’ll play.

People have been in the game a whole life,

I’ve but lived half a life.

At Half a lifetime, the peak of my game,

The most I will get out of life.

Is there anyone like me,

Playing with words endlessly.

Play with words to the height of ecstasy

Illuminating life via a fresh piece of the moon.

A new contemporary literary national movement,

Like a new moon, I am game.

A literary village lacklustre in competition,

Clandestine, like me…

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