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Goats on a Desert Island

on a desert island
some unattended goats
eat wild grass            drink sky water
sleep in stone caves at night

when I learn about it
autumn sun outside feels so warm
but it feels chilly inside            I wonder
if those goats are now in the autumn sun
autumn sun nurtures them like plants

those goats’ happiness             must be
happiness beyond depiction
their peace             must be
peace beyond description
their innocence             must also be
innocence beyond expression

and I imagine –
how they are blown by wind like swirling chrysanthemums
how they run to the sea and retreat in fear
how they stare at white waves that toss and turn

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About the translation:
Yi Lu
Fiona Sze-Lorrain
Original language:
2014 Number 3 - The Singing of the Scythe

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Original poet

Yi Lu

Born in 1956 in the southern province of Fujian, Yi Lu is by age considered a ‘second-generation’ woman poet in modern China....

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Fiona Sze-Lorrain

Fiona Sze-Lorrain is the author of two books of poetry, My Funeral Gondola ( El León / Mãnoa Books, 2013 ) and Water the Moon...

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