A hundred Jin1 of village in me
Many years away from the village
The village still lives in me
Tonight I suddenly remember
I am the running earth the village has lost
This earth now returns
To be readmitted into the village
1“Jin” is half a kilogram. “A hundred jin” refers to the body. Here it means every jin of the poet’s body is from the village.
By arrangement with the authors. Translations copyright 2008 by Berlin Fang. All rights reserved.