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Lifts and Tunnels

Tian Wenfeng
Translated from Chinese by Ou Shilin

How many tunnels are there from En Shi
to Ye San Guan?  I say it's thirteen.
While passing through those tunnels, the lights generate
decimal points in an infinite loop. I often wonder
in a trance whether such lights take me to the future
or back into history

While taking a lift to work, I daydream
being brought to heaven or
into the ground

So odd that a short travel in a lift
makes me ponder a tunnel; yet I have never
think of lifts while passing tunnels,
though it has been so many times,
and so long they are.

About the author:

Tian Wenfeng is a poet from Hubei province. Tian is a doctor and an explorer of Ba culture (the culture in southwest and south central China in ancient times). She is the author of two epics Letter to the King and Letter to You.

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