Yutang Lin

Round and clear, drifting on the lift of one puff of air,
Reflecting along the flow the panorama of each scene,
Upon abrupt encounter with hindrance at once perish;
Floating and illusory life of humans is one analogous.


Bubbles on waters are sustained by only one puff of air. They drift beyond their own control, and reflect scenes along the flow. Even though round, transparent and pretty, nevertheless, they are very fragile. An abrupt encounter with some minor hindrance would bring them instant extinction. When compared with human lives, wouldn't you agree that they are all too similar?

Written in Chinese and translated on June 23, 2002
El Cerrito, California

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