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NOSTALGIA

by Yu Guangzhong (1928 - )
English translation: Yu Guangzhong

When I was a boy
Nostalgia was a tiny stamp
I was at this end
My mother at that

When I grew up
Nostalgia was a slim steamer ticket
I was at this end
My bride at that

Years later
Nostalgia was a squatty tomb
I was out this side
My mother was in that

And now
Nostalgia is a shallow strait
I am at this shore
Mainland is at that

── from Baiyu Kugua (The White Jade Bitter Gourd)