Chen Tien 陳填
RELUCTANT TO WAKE UP
Translated by Shou-Fang HU-MOORE 胡守芳
Fireworks are shorter lived than an orchid cactus bloom
No matter where they are set off.
The story of the Island continues with a four hundred-yearold
Strolling down the open sidewalk
I lower my guard
Aware of my easy footsteps
Not having to worry about being hit.
At the end of my stroll
I was reluctant to wake up.