To something picturesque beyond the frame
Extreme autumn
Author: Shu Cai
Published on: 1/10/2016 1:03:05 PM



 

That Autmn is so tranquil
That it resembles a thinker
Weary of thinking but who nevertheless is insistent
On thinking in a quiet and painful
Manner

The autumn is so clean
That it resembles a lamb, standing
At the end of the grassland, helpless
And pure, causing the skies
To lean over her

The leaves, soughing, come falling
The requiem is issuing from a broken
Guitar. To life, thoughts are
A different pity

Foturnately, the season, in autumn
Resembles a body of flesh
As it experiences a minority of soul

The autumn always reminds one of something, something to say
The trees trembling, in the thought that they may retain something
Whereas they become barer
With each passing day

The autumn is a mirror, holding which I
Fall into self-examination and, murmuring
I pray for the invisible souls


- Shu Cai
translated from original Chinese by Ouyang Yu

(originally published by Vagabond Press: Poems of YI Sha, Shu Cai & Yang Xie)


 

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