Lê Vĩnh Tài | SAIGON IN LOCKDOWN (37/56)

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By Lê Vĩnh Tài, translated by Nguyễn Thị Phương Trâm

 

you act as though the beer is so frothy and brimming

as though it’s the joy of a battle

the agonizing passwords

shouting

 

who are you why are you still spying on me?

who are to think I would give up

you’re stopped through any open gap

yet still, you would peak into each mount each grave

light the incense

 

ah, a grave far out there is wait just for you

there’s no such thing as a sustainable memory

though in the garden Eden you kept dreaming

at being eternal

 

while you’re nothing but a delivery we must sign for

holding onto our shirt pockets

 

you time yourself by two

like a virus

 

(October 2021)

 

bạn làm như bọt trào khỏi ly bia 

làm như niềm vui của cuộc chiến 

những khẩu hiệu…

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