Yi Sha- This Fall This Year

Yi Sha

This Fall This Year

I can't stop the fall
I can't stop the leaves from fluttering to the earth
I can't stop
the sheet of newspaper
from drifting through the wind
like a mourning flag
an old man sits on a park bench
with a cane
I can't stop him
from thinking of the Soviet Union
with bitter nostalgia

Translated by Wang Ping and Richard Sieburth

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