Just a train stuck into the ribs of China
Whose social problems follow one after another
In succession are huts and graves in the fields
At its terminal point life yields
The green land in summer nature does hold
But soldiers’ uniforms are yellow and old
All the places I’ve passed on my way
They are not so strange but very gray
Thin oxen and thinner men
Are not scenes but ailments, then!
About the author:
Xin Di (1912—2004), originally named Wang Xindi, was born in Tianjin, his ancestral homeland Huaian City, Jiangsu Province. In 1935, he graduated from Foreign Languages Department, Qinghua University. In 1936, he went to study in Britain. In 1939, he went back to China, and taught in Jinan University and Guanghua University. In 1948, he participated in the editing work of the journal New Chinese Poetry. After 1949, he worked long in the industrial department. he was one of the members of “Nine Leaves School”. His major works include A Collection of Palm, Poem Drafts of Xin Di, A Collection of Nine Leaves(in collaboration with others), Impressions and Bloom-Bunches (collections of poems). He was the editor-in-chief of A Dictionary of the Appreciation of New Poems in Modern China.
(Tr. by Yang Xu)