Monday, February 1, 2016

Transformed Creatures by Liu Xia


Transformed Creatures

You have a strange pet — 
one eye is a cat’s, the other a sheep’s.
Yet, it won’t socialize with felines,
will attack any flock.
On moonlit nights,
it wanders on the roof.

When you’re alone
it will lie in your lap
preoccupied, slowly studying you
until — on its face — a challenge.

(Translated by Ming Di and Jennifer Stern)

 

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