Rain by Hai Zi 海子的雨

This is a poem by Hai Zi, a Chinese poet, that I translated.

make a fire and walk it to the boat to see the mountaintop, rain soaked, wheat field.
such small, weak, grains.

then extinguish the fire in front of the idols.
we rely on each other in silence.
you are a fairy, you live in the hamlet’s depths.

o moon, you frigid flame, the ever ripe maiden in your rain coat.

tonight’s flame is dressed to appear as a fresh flower.
to swim in the sky’s south.
to swim in the night, rise above the top of my head.

the little village in the highlands is small, impoverished.
it looks like a grain, like an umbrella.
the naked maiden in the umbrella silently doesn’t speak.

the impoverished, lonely, maiden looks like a queen, lives within the umbrella
sunlight and rainwater can only give you dust and mud.
you hide from everything in the umbrella
refusing tears and memories.


Facing the Sea 面朝大海春暖花开 mian chao da hai chun nuan hua kai

This is a poem by Hai Zi, a Chinese poet, that I translated. It was written in January of 1989.


Facing the Sea, Warm Spring Flowers Blooming
by Hai Zi

Starting tomorrow, I’ll be fortunate,
greet the horses, split firewood, travel the globe.
Starting tomorrow, I’ll connect with the grain and the vegetables,
have a room, facing the sea, warm spring flowers blooming.

Starting tomorrow, I’ll talk to the bitter;
I’ll tell them about my happiness
and what the lightning strike of fortune tells me.
My desire is to tell everyone.

I’ll give every river, every mountain a warm name.
Strangers, I wish also for your fortune.
I wish you all a bright future,
wish you lovers and that love will find a way,
wish you’ll find fortune in this life.
I just wish to face the sea, and that warm spring flowers bloom.