MOTHER AND DAUGHTER – 安琪三首 3 POEMS BY AN QI

an qi airport

An Qi
AT THE AIRPORT TO PICK UP MY DAUGHTER

today is september 28
my daughter is on a plane coming to see me in beijing
actually I wanted to see her and lured her with beijing

I arrive at the airport one hour early
I am even thinking if I arrive an hour before
I can see her that much earlier

so many airplanes coming and going
for me it’s like every one carries my daughter
every plane on the sky roars like my daughter when she is running

the plane has come down from the sky
my daughter is coming out
we are looking at each other, without speaking. a little shy.

my daughter has grown very tall.
I hug her, she says: “mama, I’m heavy,
you better not pick me up”.

she says: “mama, I have to pee”,
while I am holding her and she is peeing she says:
“mama, I will pee on you!”

we are in the airport toilet.
I am still holding her wishing she’d pee on me
like that little shaft running out of her, she could not hold it while I changed her diapers.

Tr. MW, May 2014

an qi spirit-tree

An Qi
HOW CAN A SPIRIT-TREE FALL ASLEEP PEACEFULLY AMONG THE FEAR

Sweet dreams, my dear
I try to soothe you after the rage
Lightly, lightly patting your branches
Making you deep blue clothes out of warmth
So you fall asleep safe and sound in the night of the spirits
If you are afraid
I will enter deep into your fears and stir the water
I am good at that game
I’m very good at telling myself the second I close my eyes
The world is at peace.

Tr. MW, May 2014

An Qi Dufu  straw cottage

An Qi
AT DU FU’S “STRAW COTTAGE” IN CHENGDU

slender and thin
emaciated. that must be the image
it goes without saying
the sorrowful poet
the nation, the people, they all make him worry
more fat is forbidden
and laughter’s forbidden
so the dufu you’re seeing
(the dufu that’s everywhere)
bronze dufu
stone dufu
clay dufu
paper dufu
the same slender stature
of misery
as if he’d been born like that
I am thinking
the artist must have been frightened stupid
by the dufu inside his mind

Tr. MW, May 2014

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