Helpless by the Tibetan Poet Woeser 英文翻译:唯色的诗《无 措》


 by Woeser

 I take a book

Read a few pages and set it aside

Outside my window, Beijing

Filled with feelings of Doomsday

In the mists, I cannot see

Tall buildings not so very far away.

What really grabs me lies

Much further away,

Fearless clansmen,

Amidst the flames, will they be

Hit by red bullets?

 January 17, 2012

 Addendum: It has been confirmed that an Aba Prefecture monk was badly beaten by military and police after setting himself aflame. Since February 27, 2009, 17 Tibetans in Tibetan areas within the borders of the China mainland have set themselves ablaze. Twelve of them died. Four were taken by the military and police. Their whereabouts are unknown; we do not know whether they live or have died. One person, badly injured, lives in a monastery.


无 措





About 高大伟 David Cowhig

Now retired, translated Liao Yiwu's 2019 "Bullets and Opium", and studying some things. Worked 25 years as a US State Department Foreign Service Officer including ten years at US Embassy Beijing and US Consulate General Chengdu and four years as a China Analyst in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research. Before State I translated Japanese and Chinese scientific and technical books and articles into English freelance for six years. Before that I taught English at Tunghai University in Taiwan for three years. And before that I worked two summers on Norwegian farms, milking cows and feeding chickens.
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