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Four Poems

Four Poems XU HUIZHI july thirty-first A usual day A humpback whale crosses the meridian Flying fish in files on the sea Leap up, from yesterday to today In dreams angels guard the hourglass Counting the time God gave us An afternoon nap lasts a millennium A gaze, will be an eternity I know This is one of those usual days Sitting on the whale’s back We cross the meridian (2001) sorrow Sorrow makes one age When I grow old I pray that you You will still be beside me Under the scorching sun Our saliva and our hairs Will evaporate and burn, instantaneously 13 drumbeat Parched thunderclaps in the wilderness I can hear Your drumbeat from far away Purple hares softly weep Stars lose their way on the snowy prairie to the end of the sky Like a gale A panther gallops across the prairie And collapses suddenly Wide-eyed gazelles die of thirst An entire herd fallen by the waterhole This is the summer of despair A horror even greater than despair Is spreading A group of elephants in search of a gravesite With no regard for distance A blue hook of a moon Hangs darkly at the edge of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Manoa University of Hawai'I Press

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Abstract

XU HUIZHI july thirty-first A usual day A humpback whale crosses the meridian Flying fish in files on the sea Leap up, from yesterday to today In dreams angels guard the hourglass Counting the time God gave us An afternoon nap lasts a millennium A gaze, will be an eternity I know This is one of those usual days Sitting on the whale’s back We cross the meridian (2001) sorrow Sorrow makes one age When I grow old I pray that you You will still be beside me Under the scorching sun Our saliva and our hairs Will evaporate and burn, instantaneously 13 drumbeat Parched thunderclaps in the wilderness I can hear Your drumbeat from far away Purple hares softly weep Stars lose their way on the snowy prairie to the end of the sky Like a gale A panther gallops across the prairie And collapses suddenly Wide-eyed gazelles die of thirst An entire herd fallen by the waterhole This is the summer of despair A horror even greater than despair Is spreading A group of elephants in search of a gravesite With no regard for distance A blue hook of a moon Hangs darkly at the edge of

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ManoaUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: May 19, 2003

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