Liu Xiaobo, Burkhard Spinnen, Shen Congwen, Engelbert Obernosterer, Conrad Busken Huet, Manuel Puig, Hildegard Knef, C. Louis Leipoldt, Guy Debord

De Chinese dichter en mensenrechtenactivist Liu Xiaobo werd geboren in Changchun op 28 december 1955. Zie ook alle tags voor Liu Xiaobo op dit blog.

A Small Rat in Prison
for Little Xia

a small rat passes through the iron bars
paces back and forth on the window ledge
the peeling walls are watching him
the blood-filled mosquitoes are watching him
he even draws the moon from the sky, silver
shadow casts down
beauty, as if in flight

a very gentryman the rat tonight  
doesn’t eat nor drink nor grind his teeth
as he stares with his sly bright eyes
strolling in the moonlight

 

Daybreak
for Xia

over the tall ashen wall, between
the sound of vegetables being chopped
daybreak’s bound, severed,
dissipated by a paralysis of spirit

what is the difference
between the light and the darkness
that seems to surface through my eyes’
apertures, from my seat of rust
I can’t tell if it’s the glint of chains
in the cell, or the god of nature
behind the wall
daily dissidence
makes the arrogant
sun stunned to no end
 
daybreak a vast emptiness
you in a far place
with nights of love stored away

 

Vertaald door Jeffrey Yang

 
Liu Xiaobo (Changchun, 28 december 1955)
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