《驚醒的時候》 劉霞 "Awakened" by Liu Xia
When I woke up,
I was surrounded by darkness.
The bird in my palm screamed again.
then came the sounds of foot steps on the stairs.
The building was about to fall down.
I sat alone in bed,
hands gripped into fists
on my cold knees.
between my fingers.
I had come to that moment in a dream
where a crisis is closing in.
Within the screaming, I could hear
the bird's breath.
But you were on the opposite side
of time, standing in the sunlight
watching a feather drift down
in the wind.