Laying Eggs Yutang Lin

At times inspiration arose
One short article written at once

Sometimes ideas came up
Soon they disappeared
Later when they came up again
Thoughts lingered for a short while
And that was all

Then leisure arrived, mind also free
Suddenly wrote fluently with steady pen
Those scattered ideas
All of a sudden gave birth to several new pieces

In fact, un-thought-of did not mean forgotten
But fermented and nurtured deep down in mind
At the juncture of their maturity
Similar to hen's laying eggs, or call of nature ordering excretion
The tendency for evacuation is a must
And hence, all came out swiftly

Written in Chinese and translated on October 12, 2008
El Cerrito, California

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