Fu Sang

 

 

(China)

 

 

 

The Night of an Empty Shell (Poem Series)

 

 

Where Dust Nests

 

Dust

Chooses households

Like vultures

Not perching anywhere at random

 

Always in a nap

Dust

Sees earlier than the vulture

The inner death of the misanthropists—

 

 

 

Obedience

 

The whip of destiny, I’m obedient to you

Like those sheep grazing grass

Obedient to the whip of the herd

Like grass, obedient to the whip of seasons

 

I’m obedient, not resistant at all

 

(Obedience, is sometimes the supreme contempt)

 

 

 

Weakness

 

Among people I love the weak

Whose hearts bend down

To a hope of being saved, like clenching

A rag with thick dust

My suffering recognizes—-these clansmen

 

Those who stride proudly

Are far away from me—-

They are luminaries hung highly

With no need for my hands

The tiny, suspicious warmth

 

 

 

Moulding a Statue for Tears

 

If possible, tears, I’ll mould a statue for you

Not using cold expensive marbles

But warm plain wood

I’ll shape you into a small oar

Strung around the necks of the despairing, clinging to

Their breasts with the last gasp—-

Your stroking has magical powers

In your companionship, they have crossed the adventurous sea

And, on a foggy winter morning

Finally stepped on the massy land wearily and safely

 

 

 

The Night of an Empty Shell

 

My body has come to the edge of withering

I’ll be farther from men’s adoration, gradually

Reach the desert of life

Vaster and more silent—-

 

Compared with those bleak clean nights when I was young

(I crouched alone in the empty shell, listening to the sea)

I’m more eager for the warmth of a real body

The temperature of the worldliness

Ah, I hold him

A section of driftwood in the waves of the sea     © Trans. by Shu Dandan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bio of the Author

Fu Sang, contemporary Chinese poet and doctor, born in October 1970, the author of the collections of poems: Love poems, Fu sang’s Poems.

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