GAO XING Two Poems Rain or fish Rain (yu) and ﬁ sh (yu) are homonyms in Chinese but have Suddenly lightnin g die ff rent tones. a fl shes and the rain is transformed into fish, each transparent b lue falling in a torr ent across the earth Below, some of the people are startled and p anic, they cower here and there and cover their h eads. Others are ecstatic and o pen their welcoming arms. I blink my eyes and cry alo ud: Look, the sky is having a dream. Translation by Ming Di and Frank Stewart 33 Water Bird Something streaks across th e sky plunges into the water and r ises —was it merely the sky’s shadow? e b Th ird paddles along , slaps at the surface, then s tops. What shall I do? It hesitates a s if considering its optio ns: turn around, dive under, or fly awa y— three possibilities to choose f rom, three paths, three directions. e b Th ird turns back, en r Th eturns, and suddenly dives as if overcoming some obstacle in its p ath. It surfaces, and then rises into t he air in the
Manoa – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: May 10, 2019
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