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(If your computer can't read Chinese characters I'm afraid this poem will make little sense. They can be irritating, indeed, but a visual lasting joy).

 

我想抱着你

但我不能抱着你......

前面的警察

而不是当灯变成绿色的

当人们正在寻找

当你的眼睛都闪耀着

不咳嗽时

没有战争依旧肆虐时,

而不是在气候变化

当孩子是悲伤和饥饿

 

除非(也许)下雨的时候

我们可以在彼此的眼睛微笑

并隐藏在一把伞下

 

但老百姓会碰到我们

从前面和后面,并说,

向前走,向前走,沿着!

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Wǒ xiǎng bàozhe nǐ

Dàn wǒ bùnéng bàozhe nǐ......

Qiánmiàn de jǐngchá

Ér bùshì dāng dēng biàn chéng lǜsè de

Dāng rénmen zhèngzài xúnzhǎo

Dāng nǐ de yǎnjīng dōu shǎnyàozhe

Bù késou shí

Méiyǒu zhànzhēng yījiù sìnüè shí,

Ér bùshì zài qìhòu biànhuà

Dāng háizi shì bēishāng hé jī'è

 

Chúfēi (yěxǔ) xià yǔ de shíhou

Wǒmen kěyǐ zài bǐcǐ de yǎnjīng wéixiào

Bìng yǐncáng zài yī bǎ sǎn xià

 

Dàn lǎobǎixìng huì pèng dào wǒmen

Cóng qiánmiàn hé hòumiàn, bìng shuō,

Xiàng qián zǒu, xiàng qián zǒu, yánzhe!

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I want to hold you

but I cannot hold you …

not in front of a policeman

not when lights are turning green

not when people are looking

not when your eyes are shining

not when a cough is coming

not when war still rages

not when climate changes

not when children are sad and hungry

 

unless (perhaps) when it rains

we can smile in one another’s eyes

and hide under one umbrella

 

but the people will bump into us

from before and behind and say,

move along, move along, move along!

Drown your sorrows in drink, by all means, but the real sorrows can swim

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I agree with Tink, this is beautiful. There's a deceptive gentleness about it which seems to embrace a different culture, yet touches universal themes. Much enjoyed.B.

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