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Syndic No.47 ~ Chen Si’an – Moon

Moon

Written by Chen Si’an

Translated from the Chinese by Jami Proctor Xu

Narrated by Jami Proctor Xu

China

 

After thirty-one years   you still find it unbelievable

the moon will only be full that day

 

The fourteen billion-year-old universe has limitless stars spinning

but is limited to only one romantic day

Or is it the exact opposite

 

On the moon where Chang’E and Chang’E 1 coexist,

the unmoving vacuum stirs your childhood imagination

 

The year you learned to recite that the moon waxes and wanes,

in geography class they were explaining why one side of the moon is always dark

 

Did Armstrong burst into

the Moon Palace Su Shi was gazing at

 

Later you knew in the country where you grew up,

throughout history   people have obsessed over love that needs to be tested

 

And thus there is only one elixir for immortality

and the magpie bridge only built to meet for one day

 

And thus you begin to understand

why the moon can only be full on one day

 

And thus you begin to be willing

to accept all things you can only test once

 

The melody rises up, babbling in the wilderness

The moon   is the brightness of home

Home  is only in your lover’s heart

 

Chen Si’an is a playwright, theatre director, poet, short story writer, and literary translator. She has written four collections of short stories and ten plays. Her plays have been performed at the Royal Court Theatre, Edinburgh International Festival, National Theatre Company of China, Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center, Beijing International Fringe Festival, among other venues. She’s the executive editor of Wings Poetry, and founder and artistic director of the Sound and Fury Play Reading Festival.
Jami Proctor Xu is a bilingual poet and translator. She is the recipient of a Zhujiang Poetry Award and a First Readers Poetry Award. Her translations of Song Lin’s collection, Sunday Sparrows (Zephyr, 2020), received the Northern California Book Award for Poetry in Translation.
 
 

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