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Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

A poem in Vietnamese by Lê Vĩnh Tài
Translator: Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm
Photography: Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

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I WAS NOT BORN INTO THIS LIFE TO DIE

A decimated spirit? A dream in pieces? A battered heart? A desperate cry? Will you not acknowledge me? Am I here? Or I’m rather gone? Elsewhere? Rather content hidden behind laughter? Though I want to scream I want to cry, though I will never admit that I rather die The inaudible words - I’m fine Where were the angels? Where were you yesterday? Where are you now? The demons are ripping my heart apart Will you be my victor? Will you be my saviour? I doubt it Can’t you see me dying Lying there in coming into the light in the dark It’s not a paradox not sarcasm, don’t bother asking R u o k I…

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