Revolving planets, constrained to circle the sun,
Changing moon, orbiting the earth day and night,
Countless stars great and small, confined in endless rounds through the sky,
Radio wave flashing thousands of miles in an instant –
I despise you!
You can’t compare with my least thought!
This thought of mine:
From Bamboo Lane to Bamboo Peak
From Cayuga Lake to Hudson’s shore –
If only I don’t get snagged on love
I can spin round the world a million times a second!
（Herbert Batt and Sheldon Zitner 译）
A Flash of Thought
I laugh at you, the earth going round the sun,
For you can go round but once within a day and night;
I laugh at you, the moon going round the earth,
For you can’t always be full;
I laugh at you, myriads of stars, small or large,
For you can never leave your orbits;
I laugh at you, the radio running thousands of miles in a second,
For you can’t run as fast as a flash of thought on my mind!
The flash of thought on my mind:
Comes at a time to Zhuganxiang, and another to Zhuganjian;
Comes for a moment on Hudson River, and for another by Cayuga Lake;
If I was really deep in lovesickness,
it would go round the earth thirty million times in a minute!
Zhuganxiang is the name of a lane where I used to live; Zhuganjian is the name of the rear mountain of our village. Author’s note