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Poetry

Six Pots of Hot Water

By Zhang Shaomin
Translated from Chinese by Berlin Fang

I came to Beijing for a living
Xiao helped me find work
When I didn’t have a cent to my name
He lent me his money

In the spring of 2002
Xiao and I came to Beijing from Changsha
My dad was in his seventies
He boiled six pots of water
He said that Xiao has helped his boy so much
I had nothing to show my gratitude
So I boiled six pots of water
So that he could take a decent bath

By arrangement with the authors. Translations copyright 2008 by Berlin Fang. All rights reserved.

English

I came to Beijing for a living
Xiao helped me find work
When I didn’t have a cent to my name
He lent me his money

In the spring of 2002
Xiao and I came to Beijing from Changsha
My dad was in his seventies
He boiled six pots of water
He said that Xiao has helped his boy so much
I had nothing to show my gratitude
So I boiled six pots of water
So that he could take a decent bath

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