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JUNE 1999 | VOL. 3, NO. 6



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ZHANG HAORAN, a professor at Shandong Academy of Sciences in Jinan City, China, is a contibuting writer for Renaissance Online Magazine. He wrote this poem based on a 1985 trip to the United States then translated it into English himself.


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A love story in Cape Canaveral
[Translation from Chinese by Zhang Haoran]

ZHANG HAORAN

(When I got to Cape Canaveral in the morning, the satellite waiting
for launch is in the arms of the launcher)

Hold me in your arms closely,
Keep the beautiful daybreak of the Cape, joining with me.

Do you really want me to fly away?
I know you couldn't bear to see me go away.

In fact, I don't want your past times,
Because I myself used to have a hard time.

I don't want your future,
Because I myself used to be a dreamer.

I only want to stay with you for a piece of time, my dear.

At last, I have to fly up into the sky.
Being a shining star far away from your lovely eyes.

I remember Einstein's theory of relativity,
you used to tell me.

Does the desire for fast flying face to face
make the love younger?
now tell me.

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