Ye Zhen

A friend came from Ordos
and brought me a lamb.
The lamb’s head, the skin and the entrails
remained in Ordos.
The body, the legs and the feet
stuffed in a snakeskin bag
got shipped to Huainan.
The sheep skin burns in the sun,
the body sits in an icebox.
Legs tremble in Huainan,
the entrails quiver in Ordos.
The head bleats on the grasslands,
hoofs streak over concrete.

Translated by MW in early April 2018


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