One Bird After Another

We saw it
A little reflection left on the glass
It had been printed there for a long time without leaving . . .
Every year on July 15 of the lunar calendar
The river would be covered with water lanterns
But they could not call back your soul…
The train heading for the concentration camp
Sobbingly ran over my body
But I could not hold your hand . . .

— Liu Xia
(Trans. by Yu Zhang)

Liu Xia has been under house arrest since her husband, Liu Xiaobo, awarded the Nobel Peace Prize prize in October 2010. She has yet to be charged with a crime.