reformed

Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

A poem in Vietnamese by Lê Vĩnh Tài

Translator: Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm


reformed

mixing rice and salt to reform a sweet block of chocolate

like a dictator reformed in the form of a king

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as liberation was in love reformed

as the consumption of barley hunger was reformed

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as carpet bombing reformed the summer

as people were reformed by agent orange

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as the angels were reformed in re-education camps

left as mortals

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as white chalk was reformed by darkness

ensuing three generations of mediocre academics

the associates ruled(the world)

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as the atmosphere was reformed by the destruction of the jungle

followed by the crocodile tears

and competing despair

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as plagiarism reformed honesty

in silence accepted the awards

followed by how life’s so unfair

the jealousy and hatred

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as the earth was reformed by the garden of…

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