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Poetry Sunday: “The Path,” by Anna Yin

 

The Path

The door to her room is closed;
there is a whole world there.

He knocks on it for the first time
and retreats with a note—
Stranger, how I wish
a star will guide my sailing.

She folds his note into
a paper crane. Night falls. Hung
by strings, he sees its wings
up in the air.

The second time, he leaves
his hat at the door.
A rose fragile and pale inside
dies slowly.

She gathers the petals and mounts
them on her mirror.
The dawn light glows on them
like sun-wheels.

The third time, he brings
a long white scarf—
waves from an open ocean.
In silence, the door opens.

Blindfolding each other,
they enter the room.

 

From Inhaling the Silence (Mosaic Press 2013).  Published with permission of the press. First published in Cha:An Asian Literary Journal (Issue 20).

 

Here is the Chinese-language version of the poem provided by its author:

 

 

通往她房间的门关上;
那里有着整个世界。

第一次轻叩,他
留下一张纸条 –
陌生人,我多么希望
星星一颗带我去航行。

她把他的字条折叠
成仙鹤。夜幕降临。他
看到羽翼由线牵引
展向空中。

第二次轻叩,他
留下草帽在门口。
玫瑰一朵,娇嫩苍白
渐渐在其中凋谢。

拾起花瓣,她张贴在
镜子上。
曙光照亮它们
就像太阳车轮。

第三次轻叩,他
带来一条白的长丝巾 –
扬起大海的波纹。
静静地,门开了。

蒙上彼此的眼睛,
他们走了进去。

 

 

Anna Yin is Mississauga’s First Poet Laureate (2015-2016) and Ontario Representative for the League of Canadian Poets (2013-2016). A finalist for Canada’s Top 25 Canadian Immigrants Award (2011/2012), she has authored six poetry books and won the 2005 Ted Plant’s Memorial Award, the 2013 Professional Achievement Award from CPAC, two scholarships from the West Chester University Poetry Conference, and two Grants from Ontario Arts Council. Her poems and translations have appeared in ARC Poetry, The New York Times, China Daily, CBC Radio, World Journal, and Poetry East. She read her poetry on Parliament Hill and has been interviewed by CBC Radio, Rogers TV, Talent Vision TV, The Toronto Star, and China Daily several times. She now teaches Poetry Alive at schools, colleges, and libraries. Her website is www.annapoetry.com.

 

Poet’s Note

I always wonder how to enter one’s inner world. For me, relationship and spirit are very mysterious. I believe that intuition and trust play important roles. Many of my poems in this book find their own ways to me; what I do is to open the door and feel blessed.

 

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