Wasps

By Ho Xuan Huong 1772–1822

Translated By Marilyn Chin Read the translator's notes

Where are you wandering to, little fools
Come, big sister will teach you how to write verse
Itchy little wasps sucking rotting flowers
Horny baby lambkins butting gaps in the fence

Source: Poetry (April 2008).

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This poem originally appeared in the April 2008 issue of Poetry magazine

April 2008

Biography

Ho Xuan Huong (1772–1822) was called “the Queen of Nôm Poetry” by the late Xuan Dieu, a prominant modern Vietnamese poet.

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Poem Categorization

SUBJECT Arts & Sciences, Poetry & Poets

POET’S REGION Asia, East

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