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Live Encounters Poetry & Writing English-Chinese Edition January 2023
Thoughts on the Afterlife, poem by Lynn Tait.
Thoughts on the Afterlife
It is a migration of birds
without eyes, without feet, who settle white in branches
on breasts and wings. When you stride through snow
in dreams or waking, you are a star-walker.
Lorna Crozier “Prayers of Snow”
We consider death so final.
In this world, for us, it must seem that way.
I try to believe it’s more like a ‘moving day’
a moving away. But I’d rather say
it is a migration of birds.
I never get a sense of us merely ending,
or as ghosts walking through halls and walls,
opening drawers, throwing objects across rooms;
maybe first we are transparent birds
without eyes, without feet, who settle white in branches.
Maybe, as we grasp the idea of infinity,
gain a sense of eternity,
we become whatever we like;
once you gain your sky legs,
realize you no longer need to rely
on breasts and wings when you stride through snow.
Angels or birds—
what if you can travel
anywhere, with just a thought,
explore entire galaxies, dance
along your own milky way? What if
in dreams and waking, you are a star-walker?
引自 “雪的祈祷” (罗娜-克罗泽)
Chinese translation © Anna Yin/© Lynn Tait
Lynn Tait is a Toronto-born poet/photographer residing in Sarnia Ontario. Her poems have been published in numerous journals including FreeFall, CV 2, Trinity Review, The Quarantine Review, Literary Review of Canada, Vallum, Wild Word and in over 100 anthologies world-wide. She is a member of the American Academy of Poets, The Ontario Poetry Society, Parkland Poets, The League of Canadian Poets, The Bluewater Writers and Not-The-Rodeo-Poets. Her debut poetry book You Break It, You Buy It with Guernica Editions is forthcoming in September 2023.