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Him nude
Beauty flays along the length of the dirty stain
Petrified in some corner nibbling
Phosphorescent glass shards
Sweet tasting half a curse
The remaining secret part
Groaning behind clenched teeth

Him nude Slippery inside a body oozing water Night is pinned with a million black sesame seeds Flitting along the fireflies He is buried alive at the fold I nudge it out gingerly The green scar by chance passes through many springs

Him nude Skin brownish yellow the color of alluvium Pores sprouting The life force splits in two mud cakes Naked out of the womb

translated from the Vietnamese by Linh Dinh

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