"There is a wind…"
By Hanxin (1968-) tr. Fan Jinghua
There is a wind which does not come here
But stays where it is to be seen. It grows sunflowers, biting stonecrops and soft hair.
It uses a comb of reason to card tousles of night and jam-ups along waterways.
It sends to the stars eagle eyes and firework smiles,
It irrigates paddy-fields with its milky juice as they are cracked like a tortoise-shell,
And it hides the contusions caused by the windlass against the well.
She knows that she cannot keep herself closed any longer
Or hide her luxuriance, for she looks too like a happy baby with attached white wings.
What she needs is a little more time, so she will wake up, little by little.
July 15, 2008
About the poet:
Hanxin, aka Dong Mei 董梅, is a contemporary poet who was born in 1968 in Lanzhou, Gansu and now resides in Shandong.