The Tree Atop the House
The tree atop the house. And the tuft of
Hairy roots, enjoy the lonely dream of subtropical zone.
And your name?
And your family?
Your feet never touch the earth.
You take after your brothers:
The ease and leisure of clouds.
The aloofness and loftiness of stars.
You are twinborn, breathing in that way.
Breathing in the soil of each celestial body.
Not belong to distant jungles.
Not belong to any hand-planting.
Not belong to the tree atop the house
Of the city.
Just like my lonely forelock:
A kind of plant that does not belong to the soil.
About the author:
Yang Lingye (1923—1994), his original name was Huang Zhongcong, and his ancestral place is Jingxian County of Anhui Province. In 1948, he founded the weekly of Poetry Position at Jinhua City of Zhejiang Province. He went to Taiwan in 1950, and in 1956 he founded the poetry magazine of Flute in the North and the South together with Zheng Chouyu and other people. After 1968, he has successively been editor-in-chief of the weekly of Poetry Troops and director of Taiwan Pictorials Society. His main works include poem collections such as Bloody Annunciation, Shell Leaves, and Self-selected Poems of Yang Lingye, etc. Besides, he has several collections of prose works.
（Tr. by Zhang Zhizhong）