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Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

A poem in Vietnamese by Lê Vĩnh Tài
Translator: Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm
Art: Đinh Trường Chinh

1. the moonlight in a teardrop she's crying for the millionth time because it's also the millionth night the number of souls far and few bother to dance in her light 2. without justice there's no peace he said he couldn't breathe hence he took his last breath 3. half empty he saved the entire day to pour himself into someone else's cup to find that he only needs a gulp what's left in the cup is her share a gulp is more than enough for him 4. a metaphor for sleep there was only 1% left of the battery and he is not anxiously trying to plug it into anywhere snug if his phone is the brain and the eyes are the chargers it's but a…

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