Alley in the Rain

It is the weekend today and I am searching something new to read. So my friend Zhang Longfei from Shenzhen, China has sent me this beautiful piece of art which I want to share with you written by Wangshu Dai.

Carrying an oil-paper umbrella
wandering alone in the deep, deep
and desolate rain-filled alley
I expect to meet
a girl imbued with sadness of lilac

She will be steeped in the colors of lilac
sad in the rain
sad and wandering

She will be wandering in this lonely alley
carrying an oil-paper umbrella
like me
just like me
walking in silence
solitary and sad

She will approach in silence
draw close and gaze deep, deep into my eyes
she will drift past
like a figure in a dream

Like lilac
drifting in a dream
the girl will drift away from me
the girl will drift away from me
further and further, still in silence
she will pass a broken-down fence
and out of the rain-filled alley

Amid the melancholy music of the rain
her color will fade
her fragrance will fade
fade away like her deep, deep gaze
and lilac sadness

I expect that as I wander alone
in the deep, deep and desolate rain-filled alley
carrying an oil-paper umbrella
I shall see a girl drift past
steeped in the sadness of lilac

Translated by Michael Bullock and Wenting Liao.


Reference: Canadian Literature a quarterly of criticism and review.

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韩瑞雅 Han Rui Ya

Loves learning, reading, writing and teaching.

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