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a shadow always follows behind me

a shadow always follows behind me
with my file wrapped inside
I don't know who compiles it
and I don't know what it says
but given my shaky future I can guess
that in the file, I am an ungrammatical sentence
repeatedly corrected by a hooded man
until I fire a shot at the shadow

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1 Yao Feng

Thanks for your works.Here is another version  of  this poem

 

at the plenary meeting

three thousand right hands are raised

at the same level

like a lawn trimmed by a mower

 

a spring swallow

opened its scissors tail

flew past above my arm

I gave out a sad, shrill cry

Translated by Hilda Tam and Kit Kelen

 

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