Zang Di (1964-) tr. Fan Jinghua
They see flowers,
And find them unable to fly,
The petals only minimally resembling the propellers.
I see flowers as well,
But their problem becomes
My question: Which part of a flower cannot fly?
To give a bird a name of a flower—
How is that?
Or, what is to pollen on the wings of a butterfly?
What if invention is taken as a part?
Flowers invent bees—
This becomes the sweetest flight in the universe.
Will the status quo still be the status quo?
Why do I sound like a man who challenges everyone
For a duel, to test it out who is better adjusted to exception?
The exception about flowers, as I’ve learned now, actually
Means that it is you, her, or me.
Zang giving award speech
About the Poet 诗人简介：
ZANG Di (1964-) is one of the best contemporary poets active in China. He has just been awarded 2008 Chinese Writing Award for Poetry, the most prestigious literary prize for writing in Chinese. He teaches in Department of Chinese, Beijing University.