Lê Vĩnh Tài | SAIGON IN LOCKDOWN (35/56)

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By Lê Vĩnh Tài, translated by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

 

the clouds looked down at the ground

at the blind buggy pulling a street cart

maybe the driver was blinded by a glare

his daughter too

no one ran

no one hid

 

you’re a child

saw what? the buggy twisted flipped over

and the bunches of vegetables as withered as Mother

 

like the clouds that only knows

how to look down at people

 

not the air, it’s time

there’s a space between the rows of trees

and an old revolution that has disappeared into darkness

nearly an entire block was abandoned

 

you’re there to gather the fear

the way people gather mushrooms

but you’ve been duped

because this is not a poem

you’re just getting closer to the truth

and its terror

once upon a time made you disappear

 

you won’t tell people where…

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