YU XIUHUA Two Poems ON THE THRESHING FLOOR, I CHASE CHICKENS AWAY And I see sparrows fly over. They look aroun d as if it’s inappropriate to stop for just any grain o f rice. e Th y have clear eyes, with light inside . Starlings also fly over, in flocks, bewilder ed. e Th y flutter and make a sound that seems to flash out lig ht. When they’re all gone, the sky gets lower, in da rk blue. In this village deep in the central plains, the sky is always low, forcing us to look at i ts blue, the way our ancestors make us look inside our selves, narrow and empty, so we look out a gain at the full September — we’re comforted by its insignificance but hurt by its sma llness. Living our life this way, we feel se cure. So much rice. Where does it come fro m? So much gold color. Where does it come f rom? Year aer y ft ear I’ve been blessed, and then deser ted. When happiness and sadness come in the same color code, I’m h appy to be forgotten. But who am I separated f rom?
Manoa – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: May 10, 2019
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