Tanglement Hsu ChiCheng
Since the moment I retired
I threw away my wrist-watch
Vowing solemnly not to wear it anymore
To be free from the tanglement of chains of time
Over a decade without wrist-watch
I am disengaged
And free from the constraint of time
Away from the rigid house of prison
How free I am now!
I can do whatever I like
I can let my idea and thought roam
Between heaven and earth
While I feel at home and at ease
Nothing to bind my hands and feet
My daughter went to Italy for sightseeing
And bought a Swiss watch for me
What to do about it? …
After days of thinking
I just put it on
There is no way out!
While living in the world, we
Are all tangled with emotions
In many things we do not make our own decisions
Then let “the trace of watch on my wrist” appear again!
Remark: “the trace of watch on my wrist” is quoted from Getting Rid of Fetters, a poem of mine included in Reappearance, a Chinese-English collection of poems published in May, 2008.