tôi tung cả hai tay lên trời
Meeting death
Author: Tạ Duy Bình
Published on: 3/17/2016 9:37:51 AM

(death
passed by
tonight
I invited him
in for coffee
he refused
fearing sleeplessness
instead
we drank
together hot chocolate
and sat listening
to night rain

I could hear
my father singing
in echoes
and I saw him
in blinding flashes
of lightening
then gone
it will stop raining tomorrow
I said to death
but could not hear his reply
I repeated
it will stop raining tomorrow
again no reply
I turned and
death had already left

night
still raining
I open my hands
to grasp
one drop...
 

(translation by Tạ Duy Bình & Kaitlin Rees)
-- photo by Dominic Blewett 

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