DAZED – 欧阳盼兮 Ouyang Panxi

Ouyang Panxi
DAZED

Teacher, I am sorry.
When I’m in a daze, I don‘t think anything.

If I think of how I am going to do my homework over the winter holidays,
that is thinking, not dazed.
If I think of how I was in class with my teacher Big Cat, that is remembering and not dazed.
If I think of my dad, that means I miss him, that’s not called dazed.
If I think there is a rainbow kingdom up in the sky, I am creative,
not dazed.
If I think of what I am going to be when I grow up, that is dreaming, not dazed.

Only if I don’t think of anything, that is called dazed.

Translated by MW, June 2020

Ouyang Panxi

INTO SPACE

 

Teacher, I am sorry.

When I stare into space, I don‘t think anything.

 

When I think of how I am going to do my homework over the winter holidays,

that is thinking, not staring.

When I think of how I was in class with my teacher Big Cat, that is remembering and not staring.

When I think of my dad, that means I miss him, not staring.

If I think there is a rainbow kingdom up in the sky, I am creative,

not staring.

If I think of what I am going to be when I grow up, that is dreaming, not staring.

 

Only if I don’t think of anything, I just stare into space.

 

Translated by MW, June 2020

 

 

 

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