Poem of the Week, week 4: He Dong "the last piece of ice"

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struggling to fit into
sunlight narrower than the body
I follow the sun’s retreat
squeeze myself together at the same speed
until the last beam
like a sword   cuts my body in two
carve out the ice
the blue of my bones

clutching the body’s last piece of ice
I trade it with the sun
For that seventh life I pawned

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He Dong

From the poetry collection stjernelysregn, Gyldendal Norsk Forlag, 2014

Translated by Yinni Hu in A Conversation with He Dong, Michelle Huang, Sine Theta Magazine, 11.04. 2021 at sinethetamag.medium.com.

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