Wang Yixiao, pen name Yi Xiao. She has published two books of poetry, including Singing of Time (2011) and Never Forget the Paths We've Taken. Her poems have appeared in various magazines, including Poetry Selected in China. She lives in Hebei, China.
My brother brought the long night in a cup
not soaked by the sentimental blue.
On the edge of nothingness, we no longer speak of pain
we sow a cluster of stars, as they spread
cold rays deep from the soul-surrounding darkness.
Fiery words cool little by little. By their ashes
we have laid the stairs of life and death, on which
stories of absence are running like leaves in the wind.
My brother, who is furrowing the sky above our heads?
Like a huge blank page, never lighted by doubt.