Liu Xia

Poem

The New York Review of Books - - Contents - Liu Xia (Trans­lated from the Chi­nese by Ming Di)

Sooner or later you will leave me, one day and take the road to dark­ness alone.

I pray for the mo­ment to reap­pear so I can see it bet­ter, as if from mem­ory.

I wish that I, as­ton­ished, would glow, my body in full bloom of light for you.

But I can’t make it ex­cept clench­ing my fists, not let­ting the strength, not even a lit­tle bit of it, slip through my fin­gers.

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