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This Life

Yi Yang
Translated from Chinese by Shilin Ou

Escape fails
time and time again ever since
long ago, like migratory birds.
Haven't I been defeated?
Such is my life. It is destined
to no victory from the very start.
So, I am back here
for the last time before going fugitive.
The dead are in the grave,
and the alive far away from death.
Momentary glimpse of native place,
family and my life is like the image
on the ground, t
he shadow I see
on turning around;
or more like a dream.
Have I learned to love
before the arrival of death?
For I'm not certain whether I will
return to this world.

About the author:

Yi Yang, a graduate of Wuhan Conservatory of Music, was born in 1969 in Shiyan city, Hunan Province. She was actively involved in poetry with her writing, recitation and singing. Yi Yang contracted an incurable disease in 2007 and was reported missing the next spring.

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