Sinking deeply into the murky candle,
Searching from the shale of knowledge for samples.
Lines of characters, after mating
Sleep soundly with culture until dawn.
The obstinate wheel, The abstentious snowman.
The finale of the earth;s chess game
Placed aside for years.
A rules evaded boy went across the border's river
To deliver a mail.
That is a poem, or an invitation of death.
(translated by oswald, poem 多事之秋by Bei Dao)