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Humble

The man
Took his boat
Expecting the water
To let if float

He chopped the wood
Cut the tree
Expecting the forest
To agree

The man built his house
Both warm and strong
The house grew bigger
Just as did the sea

A wave took the strength
And the warmth
Out of the house
Into the sea

Brought it back to the forest
And the fellow trees
Maybe it was nature
Who completely disagrees


乘轻舟
希望水
能载他远行

斩木伐树
希望森林
能谅解
人将屋子
建得坚固温暖
屋子愈来愈大
像海
波浪将坚固
温暖
带离屋子
回归海洋
将屋子带回森林
重归树木
可能自然
从没谅解过

This poem was written during an international workshop in China. The poem was translated by Sunniva 朱玉华