The most attractive things to me are time and
Why is life said to be short? It is because we haven’t
The experience of waiting can be truly profound,
I hope that all Chinese readers, no matter what you
Not long after the pressing sounds of the
emergency siren, a pattern of one long ring
followed by two short bursts, I could hear the
droning of the aeroplanes approaching, followed
by the bombs bursting into flames in the horizon. I
was alone in bed, listening to the window screen
buckling and rattling in the wind. It was as if ashes
and dust filled the entire sky and dispersed across
the earth. It rained on the neverending stone
steps of Sun Yat-sen’s mausoleum and the ripples
of Xuanwu Lake. It rained on Dongchang Street
Park and on the rows of desmodium flowers
decorating the house fronts on Fuhougang Street.
It rained on the see-saw of Gulou Primary School.
The pursuit of death had come to my window,
raining onto the new bamboo scaffolding and the
morning glories that bloomed like the starry sky.