A Curator of Dreams

I am not a big poetry person, but I do like some poets and poetesses. One of them is Dieu Dinh, who I would like to introduce in this post. Dieu writes poetry about the little things she observes in life. From a lonely winter day in the park, to the small gestures of love, Dieu expresses those quiet moments of life that are both subtle and potent. Sometimes she takes pictures, sometimes she writes, and sometimes she makes art, all of which are a curation of her thoughts and dreams. “After Bei Dao” is one of her poems that I like very much.

Image courtesy of Unsplash


After Bei Dao


Between me and the world
you are an echo, a cathedral,
a silence between two breaths,
a murmur, a photograph,
a hidden word at the center of my dream.

Between me and the world
you are an eclipse, a blade,
a tree I would like to climb,
a halo, a mosaic,
a childhood toy lost then found.

Between me and the world
you are a soliloquy, a blanket,
a deep well among the sands,
a bell, a lighthouse,
a map leading me home.

Between me and the world,
you are a lullaby, a flickering flame,
a smile masked by night,
a prism, an etching,
a book of secrets never read.

Between me and the world,
you are a carousel, an arabesque,
a hesitation before the leap,
a cliff, a constellation,
a sky revealing everything.

About jfkaufmann

Not unlike my characters, I lead a double life: by day I'm a mother, a friend, a colleague, and the queen of my kitchen. When the moon rises, however, I shift into my other self and, as Queen of the Night, I reign the magical world of my imagination.
This entry was posted in Home. Bookmark the permalink.

4 Responses to A Curator of Dreams

  1. JP McLean says:

    I love “A hesitation before the leap” 🙂


  2. A poem you can savour, reading it more than once.


    • jfkaufmann says:

      Aw… sorry for this late reply. I have to check my settings – I don’t get any notifications when someone comment on my post.
      My apologies, Audrey. In the meantime, I quite enjoyed your posts! And yes, I agree. I had the opportunity to read Dieu’s collection of poems. They’re so lyrical and and tender.

      Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s