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In Our Bodies

May 29, 2008

Meng Lang

About the poet

Meng Lang was working at Shenzhen University in 1989 as the editor for the university press. He served time in prison following June Fourth for his participation in the editing of underground publications. He is a poet and an author in the United States and is co-founder of the Independent Chinese PEN Center.

History travels through our bodies,
That is our life.

Life travels through our bodies,
That is our glory.

Glory travels through our bodies,
That is our blood.

Blood travels through our bodies,
That is our road.

The road travels through our bodies,
That journey ends in our bodies.

In our bodies
Just, their pure white bones (unyielding),
Just, their wide open eyes (hope).

我们身体里的

孟浪

历史在我们的身体里旅行,
那就是我们的生命。

生命在我们的身体里旅行,
那就是我们的光荣。

光荣在我们的身体里旅行,
那就是我们的鲜血。

鲜血在我们的身体里旅行,
那就是我们的道路。

道路在我们的身体里旅行,
旅行就在我们的身体里结束。

在我们身体里的
只是,他们洁白的骨头(不屈),
只是,他们圆睁的眼睛(希冀)。

Translated by J. Latourelle

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