Her 她

by Zhou Zan

This word needs to be seen
in order to be understood.
In the Chinese language, it’s not enough
to work out the meaning
by speaking and listening. Most likely,
there will be some misunderstanding.
By comparison, it’s harder to misread a text.
In modern Chinese, she has revealed appropriately
her fate, as if it were a matter of the past.
Of course, if you don’t believe, why don’t you
stand in her place? If you appear in the poetry
you will be located on a sweeping landscape
as if neither they nor myself have ever existed,
or else, we are omnipresent. Such absence
is possible only in imagination, while
omnipresence may exist in virtual reality.

 

Translated by Jennifer Wong