4 Poems of Sophy Chen From China

Siberian Iris

—Sophy Chen

Siberian Iris, your green leaves are the most grand green in front of my house

When winter is yellow withering, you become the only green in front of me

Every time when I came back, it is almost winter, everything is withered and silent

Only Siberian Iris give me a vast expanse of green as far as the eyes can see

Whether it is in stern winter rain or heavy snow, it can not stop your green

Suddenly I thought of your summer shadow, the shadow reflected in the stream

Now I can hardly remember exactly what season you are flowering

But in my memory at the time, the most striking thing about you was

The blue small flowers set each other off in the stream, there are always water magpies

Sliding over in the flowers, water magpies and the flowers are surely a good match

The beauty of that moment, only memory can make you beautiful forever

 

2020-02-09 22:58 Sanchazi  Sophy Chen’s Original C-E Poetry

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Winter Jasmine Is Blossoming

—Sophy Chen

 

According to the practice of previous years, today is February 14

The Valentine’s Day, he always buys two or three white roses

But now where can we buy roses? All people are trapped at home

 

In the remote countryside, no one sells flowers and all people are not allowed to go out

Bus stops, taxi stops, Didi stops, and private cars also…

People who walked to market came back and said village gate was welded with iron gates

By the way, the express delivery has also stopped so we cannot buy online either!

 

Suddenly I remembered the winter jasmine on my great-grandfather’s grave

Presumably they should be blossoming! I took my camera

Stepping on dead leaves and dry weeds of sloping road, up a big slope

And when we feel hot, we finally arrives at the grave

 

Weeds on head of the grave, several bare and verdant

Winter jasmine branches are particularly eye-catching, and their sparse buds are budding

Unexpectedly there is a small flower bursting out of the bud

The yellowish small flower is full of energy in the haystack

 

We finally took a sigh of relief …

In this cold, dry, blocking, and suffocating air

The winter jasmine is finally blooming and blooming in this no roses spring

 

2020-02-14 21:58 Sanchazi Sophy Chen’s Original C-E Poetry

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It Turns Out That The Moon Is Hidden By The Cold Cliff

——Sophy Chen

 

Last night , it was the 15th day of the first month of lunar year, I translated poems overtime at night

In the mountain village the moon is bright and distant

The chill invaded my bone marrow at midnight, so I did not appreciate it

Tonight it is the 16th day of the first month of lunar year and the moon should be round the most

But I suddenly found out that the moon didn’t come out

Looking over the roof and the four sides of the canyon

There is no shadow of the moon, where is the moon

Is the moon of the 16th day of the first month of lunar year covered by dark clouds

The moment when I turned around, I suddenly found in the east of canyon

There was a shallow halo on the black cliff of it

The halo is getting stronger and stronger, till

On the cliff the shadow of the trees can be seen sparsely, slowly

The moon rose a dim light shadow from the shadows of the trees, the light shadow

Is getting stronger and stronger, bigger and bigger, and clearer and clearer

Until its whole body is appearing in the dancing tree shadows

If you look at it from another angle, the moon oh

It hangs beautifully on the treetop of hillside

To see its cold and cheerless looking, I suddenly felt deep cold between the canyon …

It turns out that the moon is hidden by the cold cliff

 

2020-02-09 22:22 Sanchazi, Sophy Chen’s Original C-E Poetry

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Thin Stream

 

By Sophy Chen

 

Streams in my hometown, thin streams, I did not think they were thin when I was young

Especially playing, catching crabs in the cracks of stones in summer or catching

The water grasshoppers or something in the stream pool, but no small fishes and shrimps

It is said that the stream is so thin that it does not even grow fishes and shrimps

In recent years, I’m always back for Lunar New Year and suddenly I find they’re getting thinner

I can narely hear the sound of running water, or even see the water flowing

Even if you want to have a breath, take a break, wash your hands or something on the way back

After collectting wood from the mountain, and digging earth and weeds in fields

You could hardly gather a small water hole to wash your soiled hands and face

I don’t know if it’s due to a large amount of water diversion or mining in mountains

They’ve made them so thin and the mountain springs for generations’s drinking

Like this, so thin, thinner, thinner, and thinner, and nearly drained

 

2020-02-29 11:50  Sanchazi, China

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Sophy Chen (Lihua Chen), Chinese poet & translator, born in Shannxi in 1975, lives in Guangzhou and graduated from XISU. She editted and translated I Find Your Beauty In The Taste Of Your Eyes, Poetry Selection Of PENTASI B 2019 China World Poetry Festival & Sophy Chen World Poetry Awards and Sophy Poetry & Translation (C-E) World Poetry Paper Magazine and 10 poetry collections. She is the President of Sophy International Translation Publishing House and the founder of Sophy Chen World Poetry Awards. She won Pentasi B World Inspirational Poet and Italy Neruda Award and 14 awards. She has successfully organized, sponsored and held PENTASI B 2019 China World Poetry Festival & Sophy Chen World Poetry Awards in China.

 

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