The night and Dawn (Liu Xiaobo)
Dedicate to Xiao Xia
Sleeping lone in the night, is
Extrordinary cold and bitter.
The lone star before dawn is relentless.
Though you have an orange headlight by your bed,
The freezing dusk is still
Of no mercy, swallow
The whole of you.
Talking to yourself, with the lamp,
Petting the shadow on the wall, weeping.
In this moment, you should burn a cigarette,
Or help yourself with a glass of wine,
Be hocus, dizzily, tracing your lost one,
Had he be swallowed by a even darker night?
Switch off the light, please,
Let the fume of the cigarette burn down this chilly night,
Splash your wine out of the window,
Let the dark night become drunk,
Let it rouse and vomit a new dawn,
One which perhaps might give you, good news.
(translated by oswald on Jan 2010)