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Poem: “The Path of Darkness”

July 24, 2017

This poem by Liu Xia, written in 2010 for the then detained Liu Xiaobo, was circulated online on July 14, 2017, the day after Liu Xiaobo died of liver cancer.

[Translation by Human Rights in China]
Chinese Original

I know, one day, sooner or later
You’ll leave me
And walk alone down the path of darkness

I pray for that moment to reappear
To look at the picture in my memory
And hope that I, in the picture,
in a state of stunned terror,
Will emit light

But I couldn’t do it
I just held my fist tight
not letting any bit of strength to slip from my fingertips