Friday, August 12, 2011

in a candy store - ye hui

In A Candy Store
by Ye Hui (tr. Joshua Beckman & Zhao Xia)

Once I wrote a line of poetry on the counter
in a candy store, but
I was not writing about the candy store
or that woman weighing the candy
I was thinking of other things:  a horse or a man
In strange places,
the drama of an entire life unfolds
the farewell and the coming together
A country of tears and letters
I lay in the warm current of imagination
and I don't want to become any of these people around me
Like on a little hill
Growing a weed, which should only grow in an abandoned court yard

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