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Shadows


Lin Xuye
Translated from Chinese by Ou Shilin

Shadows are seen in groups
at dawn, yet incorporated
in dark nights.

Standing at a height, a shadow might look bigger
and longer, but no whiter than those
at lower places.

When you try to control other shadows
with your own, you are
deep in your heart, willing to be covered
by another shadow.

A sound holds countless knives, which carve shadows
in many hearts

Some shadows, being ambiguous, flash in wildfires.
Some people fall
leaving complete shadows.

About the author:

Xuye Lin is the author of the poetry anthology Raising Cranes on a Lonely Mountain.
His works appear in Chinese literature magazines Flora City, Guangzhou literature and Art , Chinese Poetry, Chinese Literature, Writings,Chinese-Western Poetry and  Poetry Monthly, etc.







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