Sculpture of Su Dongpo at the Du Fu cottage, Chengdu, China
Flying clouds over the Jade Mountains
Are like the changes of history
Flowers were blooming so gaily,
and all around was green
peaceful and dreamingly
like the pandas in the trees.
Poetry echoed in tongues
one couldn’t understand.
Chinese poems were shouted,
announcing The Change?
The dance and the show were fascinating.
But the poet remained thoughtful,
meditating and questioning
the future of Time.
Translation by Stanley Barkan in cooperation with the author
Remembering Chengdu International Poetry Festival 2019