Watching the Great Wall



Watching the Great Wall
By William He

Somewhere in time,
A different scene belonging to a different world.
Medusa is writhing,
Solitude of darkness or of light there,
Delusive hope leads pale twilight to her dusky eyes.
The moonbeam breaking,
Entering a fissure connecting to hell,
Where the living sleep, scattered like dead leaves.
People are wrapped in old centuries,
On the dusty shore of a dried-up river,
The steep old wooden steps slick with neon green.
Grass shoots in the forest,
The ancient hollow blocks sprawled,
Signal fire turrets are going into blur.
Maple's inarticulate ardors,
Meditation loves to dwell somewhere,
Hours will dry all wantonness with it.

The flash-back fires rise up,
Across the sulphur-colored bulwarks,
Scarlet stars a thousand leagues athwart the heaven.
Over the impregnable pass,
Thunders fall heavily into a stark shadows,
Into the blue and burning lands with leaden grey.
On irised wings to worlds unknown,
And slowly drifting downward again,
A whirling meteor to fume to ashes after an abrupt drop.
Breezy rocky pinnacle,
Serpent cutting the outer crust margin,
Laying out in splendour in the nature space.
In smouldering eyeballs,
The Great Wall pines weave together,
Butterfly Effect beneath historic skies.

多丽 长城幻想曲
作者:何威廉

流光晃,
塞垣一角生犀。
眩鳞蛇、
心波涨落,
两弯似蹙缠眉。
碾时空、
紫岩黑洞,
百千留壁夜含啼。
前日边缘,
涧沟泉竭,
石莲晶滢化成霓。
薄纱草、
沿墙砖线,
举燧野台迷。
青枫拂、
玄冥朔土,
迟慢时机。

漫烧天、
榆关地脉,
太阳真火偏西。
雁门垂、
忽雷掣断,
铸成青石倒缨盔。
断尾流星,
红绡轻电,
三边直下变寒灰。
八达岭、
驰腾表里,
飞练接天墀。
穿墙眼、
崖前柏变,
蝴蝶低徊。

About this poem

Themes of impermanence, resilience, and the interplay between humanity and nature are woven throughout, challenging readers to consider the deeper implications of historical monuments and their significance in shaping both individual and collective narratives. An exploration of time, mortality, human endeavor, and the natural world through the lens of one of humanity's most iconic monuments. It is a poignant reflection on the intersections of history, nature, and existential inquiry, offering readers a contemplative journey through the ages embodied by the Great Wall of China.  

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Written on January 30, 2022

Submitted by chinamcc8 on July 02, 2024

Modified by chinamcc8 on July 07, 2024

1:20 min read
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Stanzas 6
Stanza Lengths 2, 17, 15, 2, 17, 15

William He

William Yu He graduated from two of the most prestigious law schools in China respectively, also studied in Heidelberg, Cambridge and Harvard. He has published dozens of classical poems and lyrics in Chinese language. His English poems "Plum-blossom in the Three Movements", "Reaching Yellow River” and "Gaza's Shadow” were included in the anthology "Call my name and I'll be there" published in USA in February 2024. The Incumbent President of China quoted his classic poem in 2017. The President of Harvard University recognized his achievements in June, 2021. more…

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9 Comments
  • TRRavenscroft
    Well done.
    LikeReply11 hours ago
  • jeanmardn
    BEAUTIFUL
    LikeReply15 hours ago
  • jerryl.01657
    Great Piece.
    LikeReply6 days ago
  • amandak
    Awesome write
    LikeReply6 days ago
  • elizabethh.11605
    very beautiful
    LikeReply7 days ago
  • fafafafa
    Mistakes:
    1. Medusa is writhing,
    A solitude of darkness or of light,
    Delusive hope leads pale twilight to her dusky eyes.
    There's a run-on sentence. I've not seen other poetry that justifies run-on sentences. I think more semicolons can be used in your poetry instead of just all commas.
    Medusa is writhing,>. or ; Then the a solitude line can be the apositive of Delusive hope in the next line.

    2. Maple's inarticulate ardors,
    Meditation loves to dwell somewhere,>;
    Hours will dry all wantonness with it.
     
    LikeReply7 days ago
    • chinamcc8
      Men would rather fight to death than build the Great Wall......
      LikeReply7 days ago
  • alanswansea18
    Well done.
    LikeReply10 days ago
  • Dsarghi
    Quite vivid! Really makes you feel like you are in this surreal space that is described.
    LikeReply 111 days ago
    • chinamcc8
      I am grateful for your kind words.
      LikeReply8 days ago
    • fafafafa
      您好,请问您说中文吗?你名字里有China.
      LikeReply7 days ago
    • chinamcc8
      Yes, of course. I
      have already published dozens of classical poems and lyrics in Chinese Language.
      LikeReply7 days ago
  • susanh.04604
    Great! Made me think about history!
    LikeReply12 days ago

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