Magazine article World Literature Today

Three Poems

Magazine article World Literature Today

Three Poems

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Watching the Moonrise Alone

Watching the moonrise alone

the silent moon is like the person watching

They're alone together

No one utters a single word

The passage of time is like the journey of the moon

across the sky

It moves further and further away

until the sky is completely empty

Move the Stone to Someone Else's Heart

Where is the unknown remedy

that can lift from my heart

this huge stone

For three hundred and seventy-two days I've tried to

push it away

But nothing moves it to someone else's heart

A Believer

She spoke about being in heaven

while we talked

all night long

Though it was raining that night

she dwelt in the warm house of God

But where was I?

That evening when we were face-to-face -

the voices of two people

At least she was in heaven for a while

It was pouring rain all around us

but her hair never got wet

or her fingers

It was as if

when I was there that night

the door of God's house always stood open

Translations from the Chinese

By Anna Sun & Zack Rogow

Xiao An (b. …

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