By Ho Xuan Huong 1772–1822

Translated By Marilyn Chin Read the translator's notes

My body is like a jackfruit swinging on a tree
My skin is rough, my pulp is thick
Dear prince, if you want me pierce me upon your stick
Don't squeeze, I'll ooze and stain your hands

Source: Poetry (April 2008).


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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SUBJECT Relationships, Love, Desire


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