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"Red Pajamas" - A Poem

Author: Joey Zhou

Translation from Chinese: Joey Zhou

Music YouTube link: https://youtu.be/cPh3Rm9IaJM


Note: In 1986, I was in Chengdu and met about 30 American teachers from the English Language Institute called ELIC . While I was there, I bought some red pajamas. On September 15th, 1986 when they left, I wrote this poem "Red Pajamas". Youth is willfulness and brute force! In fact, the process of disappearing is also beautiful.



I

have some red pajamas

Like the reflection of the setting sun in the river...


A gust of wind

blown away my pajamas

My youth goes with the wind...


If

towards dusk

into the sunset

Can't find my pajamas either,


Should I go on into the darkness and wait for another dawn?


Written on campus on September 15, 1986.

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