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Tall, thin

his hair like mine

“This one is fine,dad”

The cheapest bike

red, thin

like the alternating stripes on his shirt

I want to give more

I owe him more

Seat beneath him

he smiles satisfied

I remember the smell of tires

in the bike shops as a kid

this boy will never know the sun of day

the air

but he knows the smell of tires

in the bosom of Allah

he knows much more

than I

 

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The Sun shines

Warms then burns

Solitude

Calms then maddens

A tumor

Grows then destroys

His eyes laugh then

Turn solemn

Face greying

Pain permeating his soul

Fear blinds me to the moment

I dead the dreary weather

Chinese Classic Poetry- Trans. Jeffrey Carnett

醉花陰    李清照
薄霧濃雲愁永晝,瑞腦銷金獸。佳節又重陽,玉枕紗廚,半夜涼初透。 東籬把酒黃昏後,有暗香盈袖。莫道不銷魂,簾捲西風,人比黃花瘦

Weaker than Yellow Blossoms
Thin mist rises to the skies painted with dense clouds
Feeling low
incense extinguishes in the animal censor
The Double Nine festival
here again
the midnight chill permeates
jade pillow
gauze curtains
At dusk I peer out the window
at the eastern fence
cup of wine in my hand
sleeves lightly scented
You can’t say I was not emotional
When the west wind threw the blinds
I was more fragile than yellow blossoms
白居易
離離原上草
一岁一枯榮
野火燒不盡
春風吹又生
遠芳侵古道
晴翠接荒城
又送王孫去
萋萋滿別情
Grass as far as I can see
year after year
wither then
grow again
No wild fire can
burn them away
Spring winds bring new life
far way at the ancient road
The fragrance permeates
On fine days the green
meets the walls of the old city wall
alas, I send you off
my friend
the grass must feel my pain

Dai Shunlun

 

故人偶集客舍
 

天秋月又滿

城闕夜千重

還作江南會

翻疑夢裡逢

風枝驚暗鵲

露草覆寒蛩

羈旅長堪醉

相留畏曉鐘
 

 

Meeting a hometown friend at an Inn

It’s autumn,

moon is full

In the capital

night is deep

meeting you

as in Jiangnan

is like seeing you

but in a dream

The birds are startled

by the swaying branches

crickets shiver

under wet grass

travellers often

long to be drunk

wanting to stay

afraid of the morning bell

 

 

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