Ly Hoàng Ly


Country: Vietnam
Language(s): Vietnamese
Night Train

The train runs rhythmically through the night
The wheels sound like the hooves of horses
Night spreads out thickly around the train
a breathing animal

Parallel rails
Pull me through the night
I want to know;
How many miles through the night? How long is the night?
I will not sleep
And will measure the length of the night…

Eyelids slowly meet
Closed eyes
Night

Morning comes
Overflowing with sunlight
The rails stretch endlessly away in both directions
The train has traveled through the night
I look behind where night fades.

I don’t know
How many markers I have fallen away behind
Or the length of the night.

Translated by Joseph Duemer