Bei Dao, [Stretch out your hands to me] …

A poem I first read in Against Forgetting, a powerful anthology by Carolyn Forché…also included in The Rose of Time: New and Selected Poems

Bei Dao

[Stretch out your hands to me]

Stretch out your hands to me
don’t let the world blocked by my shoulder
bei-dao-articleInlinedisturb you any longer
if love is not forgotten
hardship leaves no memory
remember what I say
not everything will pass
if there is only one last aspen
standing tall at the end of the road
like a gravestone without an epitaph
the falling leaves will also speak
fading paling as they tumble
slowly they freeze over
holding our heavy footprints
of course, no one knows tomorrow
tomorrow begins from another dawn
when we will be fast asleep
      [Trans. Bonnie S. McDougall]


~ by samofthetenthousandthings on April 26, 2016.

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