Except I am too shy to speak that quietly
absolute ignorance
Author: Trúc Ty
Published on: 9/6/2016 3:13:30 PM

I know not, indeed. I know not,
of the weary train carrying southbound wounds
bandaged, tethered, then returned up north

and it remains, at the same spot
like this steaming bowl of soup we consume
consume, consume, consume, consume
consume until the marrow of days and ages consumed
still, it remains at the same spot, remains.

(hunger)

I know not, indeed. I know not,
to jump on the rusty feeble horse of nighttime
wobbling across the deep dark wood
clogged with rimes: rice frogs, insects, woodpeckers
whose tap tap, tap, tap, tap, tap,
reminds that, know, know, know, know,
know, I know not.

- Trúc Ty
- translated by Ngân

- photo by Alice Pedroletti

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