One Night Stand

Mang Ke

One Night Stand

You lightly opened the door
Let the night, who slept with you, out
You saw its back disappear
Then heard the wheeled horniness of dawn
Opening the window
You drove out a roomful of dreams
Swept clean all the feathers
Of your hidden happiness
In the mirror your two eyes floating
As if separately in their sockets
As if two fish after touching

(Translated from the Chinese by Stephen Haven and Wang Shouyi)


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