Hanxin (1968-) tr. Fan Jinghua
Walk on, and there will be a flower of no identity under the clay wall,
A reticent shadow of a tree, a tiny trail of a bird
There will come a few lazy barks, the faint smell of manure and the stored-up
energy and sea of canola pods. A palm tree will show burns of fire,
and its height is thin air, like your wish,
long and elongated, to every direction.
You, with a book in hand, walk on and on
but cannot walk out of this noon of the town. You can do nothing
but watch two butterflies carrying away the sky in their matching dance.
May 6, 2007
About the poet:
Hanxin, aka Dong Mei 董梅, is a contemporary poet who was born in Lanzhou, Gansu and now resides in Shandong.