Guotai Xiong was born in ShangRao, JiangXi Province in 1962. His work appeared in many journals and newspapers and he has published a book of poetry. He is an associate professor of Wenzhou University.
Ashley Zhang received Bachelor's Degree from Wuhan Science & Technique University. She works as a translator.
However deep the roots extend can they avoid hardening?
However high the leaves are suspended can they avoid fluttering down?
When trapped in difficulties,
where can I reach to strive to live again?
When the freezing water chills the bone, endurance becomes the most primary quality.
However, the grass blade, slighter than a needle,
has rebelled, writing an indignant anti-winter poem.
A heavy snow, together with an icy rain, strike the ground from the sky,
Agitating the leaves of the Yulan magnolia.
And I can only breathe deeply, huffing at the window.
Actually, it isn't sudden snowstorm that scares me,
But the dreadful worry that above this vast white,
Loved ones might stray away,
And terrible news might reach my ear.