Reading Poetry

Marilyn Buck

[This poem is read on the CD by Marilyn Buck. MP3 of this poem]

Chao Ut reads Vietnamese poetry
I tell her she reads well
she smiles

     my mother and father
               used to nap
               in the afternoons
     they always said
               Gai Ut, read to us
     they liked me to read
               in those days when
               I was a young girl
                    in Vietnam

she reads another poem
                    it sounds like music, I say
     yes, Iíll read it again
               the way we everyday talk
she reads
          do you hear?
                    yes, I say

     some people read poetry
               some canít so well
                         yes, I say

Ut and I, we smile.

November 2001

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