Mourning Problems by Xi Chuan
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Mourning Problems by Xi Chuan
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Mourning Problems by Xi Chuan

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Mourning Problems

by Xi Chuan

an ant dies, and no one mourns

a bird dies, and no one mourns if it isn’t a crested ibis

a monkey dies, and monkeys mourn

a monkey dies, and people pry open its skull

a shark dies, and another shark keeps swimming

a tiger dies, and some people mourning are mourning themselves

a person dies, and some people mourn and some people don’t

a person dies, and some people mourn and some even applaud

a generation dies, and the next generation doesn’t really mourn

a country dies, most of the time just leaving apocrypha

a country that doesn’t leave apocrypha wasn’t a real country

if it wasn’t a real country, when it dies no one mourns

no one mourns, and the wind blows in vain

rivers flow in vain, washing over rocks in vain

glistening in vain, making vain ripples

the river dies, and it’s not for man to mourn

the wind dies, and it’s not for man to mourn

the river and wind make their way to the sea, the sea as vast as in Zhuangzi

the vast sea dies, and you will have to die

the dragon king dies, and you will have to die

the moon doesn’t mourn, there’s no one on the moon

the stars don’t mourn, the stars aren’t flesh and blood

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Translated from the Chinese by Lucas Klein

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