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(1772 - 1822 / Nghệ An Province)

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The Jackfruit

I am like a jackfruit on the tree.
To taste you must plug me quick, while fresh:
the skin rough, the pulp thick, yes,
but oh, I warn you against touching --
the rich juice will gush and stain your hands


Translated by Nguyen Ngoc Bich


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Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003


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  • Akshaya Samanta (3/28/2009 4:43:00 PM)

    Its fine..really outstanding..

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  • Erhard Hans Josef Lang (4/23/2008 11:19:00 PM)

    Great piece of imagery!

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