taking off everything that can be taken off

Yao Feng*

taking off everything that can be taken off
my net weight is seventy kilos
this is just the body
it has nothing to do with the soul
 
as for the soul, it has no net weight
it has only feather weight
because you have to add the darkness
and you have to add the ruins

*Yao Feng

Beijing-born poet Yao Feng (姚风) has lived in Macau for many years, and is currently a professor of Portuguese literature at the University of Macau. His poems have been published in many Chinese and Portuguese literary magazines, in both languages, and sometimes bilingually. He is a translator and founding editor of the magazine Chinese and Western Poetry, and was awarded the prestigious Rougang Poetry Prize in 2005.