I Feel the Sun

Wang Xiaoni

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Down a long, long corridor

I keep walking…


—A window straight ahead so bright it hurts the eyes,

reflective walls on both sides.

Sunlight, me,

I stand with the sunlight.


—The sunlight is so intense!

So warm people stop in their tracks,

so bright people hold their breath.

All the light in the universe collects here.


—I don’t know that anything else exists.

There is only me, leaning on the sunlight,

stopping for ten seconds.

Ten seconds can be as long

as a quarter century!


At last, I rush down the stairs,

pull open the door,

dash about in the spring sunlight…

Wang Xiaoni, “I Feel the Sun,” from Something Crosses My Mind. English Translation Copyright © 2014 by Eleanor Goodman. Reprinted by permission of the publisher.

Source: Something Crosses My Mind (Zephyr Press, 2014)