and let’s not forget the poets:
this is a fine addendum to my previous post, for whatever we say about China’s aircraft carrier, it is quite a symbol, drifting in uncertain waters.

中国大好き

Yi Sha

White Snow Black Crows

Beijing morning. Iron Lion’s Grave.

It has snowed all night.

Stepping on a field of white

walking deep into the campus,

suddenly –

sounds of attack.

A commando of crows

at my feet filling the deck

of this aircraft carrier.

Oh, white snow black crows

like God’s own picture,

make me rub my hands,

breathe at my fingers

before rolling it up

to take it away.

December 2012

Tr. MW Jan. 2013

伊沙

《白雪乌鸦》

北京,铁狮子坟的早晨

刚下过一夜的雪

我脚踏一片洁白

朝着校园深处行进

忽然间

扑楞楞几声响

一个飞行小队的乌鸦

落满我脚下航母的甲板

哦,白雪乌鸦

仿佛上帝的画作

让我搓着手

呵着热气

准备将它卷起来

带走

2012。12

 This post is from Yi Sha’s Sina blog. Iron Lion’s Grave 铁狮子坟 is the bus stop at the east gate of Beijing Normal University 北京师范大学。 White Snow Black Crows Bai xue wu ya 《白雪乌鸦》 is the title of a novel by Chi Zijian 迟子建 that came out in 2012, about a plague outbreak in Harbin…

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