Alisha Cheng

Can’t Stand The Swan’s Amazing Appetite - Poem by Alisha Cheng

Can’t stand the swan’s amazing appetite/By Yu Mei
Translator: Alisha Cheng

In the markets, in the place where they slaughter grass carp
Suddenly, I saw two swans being carried in nylon nets, they were shy, timid, and full of regret....

I want to squat down and comforted them, humming the song by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
used their necks wrapped my neck

Only 56 bucks for one swan, I spent 102 for both, to buy their ambition, and freedom

I rode an angel, to Yuezhou Lake, gave them back their freedom

They didn’t even arrive to wild goose peek before they were caught again

The sky is gray, the nest of sky is everywhere; the grass is green, hunters’ guns are everywhere


在集贸 市场,在屠戮草鱼和草狗的地方







Poet's Notes about The Poem

About the Poet:
Mei Yu, is a famous poet in China now. Many of his works have been published at numerous magazines and newspapers in China. His novel <the thumb on the plateau>, and his Poetry <birds> is collected by Fu Tianhong poetry collection, within the sixty-fifth issue. He is also the one of the Editors of <overseas poetry> of Canada, and <left poetry centre>, the both magazines are published on line in China.

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Poem Edited: Thursday, November 28, 2013

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