Read Paper Republic: Three Poems by Lin Bai 林白

2020-05-03 ☼ translations

Split Spring

Translator’s Note: Split Spring” is a literal translation of 春分 chunfen (Spring Equinox), the fourth of the twenty-four solar terms

This spring has truly been split in two.
One half in the old year,
The other
On this side of the mask.

How I long to sing about the flowers of before,
The rapeseed flower, most of all.
I wish I could gather the rapeseed
At Hubei’s Mulan Lake.
Though the golden yellow
Is retreating fast.

Skin and flesh turn to dust.
Spring Equinox is still three days away,
But the Lunar year has sharpened the blade
And it has left its mark on me.

(Afternoon, March 17th, 2020)

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