I Am From …

Poem by: Shuaizheng (Scott) Liu

我来自海淀。

随着为这个世界的第一声哭泣,

我诞生于一个春天的下午。

我不知,

不知单纯的对或错,

不知具体的广或狭。

我只为离开而哭泣,

我只为进入而哭泣。

 

I am from the short toon tree at the side of countryside.

Grandpa cutting of the toons standing on a steel ladder shining in the light.

Toons fried eggs stand for every early spring.

 

I am from the soft bed in my reading room,

after shutting the window from a hot summer afternoon.

Rolling on the unlimited plane of sleepiness.

 

I’m from learning to fly a kite in the park near my school.

Feeling the cool wind blowing in fall,

when my kite became blurry and small.

 

I am from the first sunshine slowly appearing

on the table of my breakfast in a warm winter morning.

I’m from snoozed clock ringing and collar on my hand moving.

I’m from sitting in front of the television with my family

and laughing through the Chinese New Years Eve.

My mom’s yell came from the kitchen for a dumpling feast.

I’m from sleeping with the countless fireworks blossoming in the night of happiness.

And that happened, every year.

 

我的成绩,

我的住址,

我的名字,

这些并不能代表我是谁。

我来自过去,

从小时的香椿树,

从夏天里安静的午后,

从建在小学旁的避难所,

从初三最后一个寒假到来之前。

我的过去定义我。

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  1. Beautiful memories and images, Scott! I think many of us share these same feelings about where we are from, as it is our families and homes that make us who we are. I LOVE the lines about you learning to fly kites and celebrating CNY feasts as those really make the readers feel they are there with you!

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