March marches on
You boundless yellow sea
Those chicken weeds2
Slim and slender
Ten years I have been away from home
Ten hundred miles I am apart
What a flaming season this is
In my hometown of a yellow rapeseed sea
1“Insects waking” is the third of the twenty-four periods that make up a solar year. It starts usually on March 5, 6 or 7.
2Nickname for Poa annua, a weed that is a favorite food for chicken, often found in rapeseed fields.
By arrangement with the authors. Translations copyright 2008 by Berlin Fang. All rights reserved.