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Poetry

Searching for Light

By Yao Feng
Translated from Portuguese by Julia Sanches
A moth, a light, and a universal yearning feature in Yao Feng’s contemplative poem.

The light retires to the lamp
and suddenly all is dark again
who out there has caught the night-moth
and instructs it in shadow?

After countless drills
the torn-winged moth
no longer knows how to fly
and trails through the twilight
crawling snail-slow
toward the light.


© Yao Feng. By arrangement with the author. Translation
© 2018 by Julia Sanches. All rights reserved.

English

The light retires to the lamp
and suddenly all is dark again
who out there has caught the night-moth
and instructs it in shadow?

After countless drills
the torn-winged moth
no longer knows how to fly
and trails through the twilight
crawling snail-slow
toward the light.


© Yao Feng. By arrangement with the author. Translation
© 2018 by Julia Sanches. All rights reserved.

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