that pair of dark eyes
— li nan
translated by Huichun (Amy) Liang and Steven Schroeder
I am gazing into that pair of eyes with heart aching
That pair of clear bright dark eyes.
They’ve seen orchards, wheat fields, slow rivers
Cars on the highway getting smaller and smaller.
Those clear dark eyes
Have seen earth’s warm side.
They’ve paid no attention to me, youth sunk low
Have not remembered a moment that flashed through
From beyond the window, the startled twinkling retreat.
Oh, how like my past–
I also looked so carelessly:
Fruit tree blossoms, wheat fields glistening green, river water shimmering
All the same all
Exactly the same.