Drifting Duckweed

Yutang Lin

Never encountered yet suddenly got together;
Separated again by swirling, swelling waves.
Nowhere to be found, looking back is useless.
Not by self-determination, drifting on current.


Duckweed and water encountered; they separate as soon as conditions disintegrate. Caused by currents, how could that be self-determined? Vain to look back; each be content with whatever comes across.

Written in Chinese on July 7, 2001
Translated on July 18, 2001
El Cerrito, California

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