in the plenary session

by Yao Feng

in the plenary session
three thousand right hands shot up
synchronised swish
like a lawn after mowing
a springtime swallow
opens its scissors
flies over my arm
I cry out in pain

The literal translation of this poem was made by Chenxin Jiang

The final translated version of the poem is by The Poetry Translation Workshop

Notes

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