A lilac tale or seven days in Xanadu (A poem)

Carrying an oil-paper umbrella, wandering

in the deep, deep

and mirrored seven alley

I expect to meet

a girl with sadness of a lilac tale, she


eeeeewill be steeped in the liquid sunset, wandering

joined but alone

in my mirrored tale and carrying an oil-paper umbrella

just like me, solitary and walking

in silence, she


eeeeewill approach in lilac silence

draw close and gaze deep, deep into my eyes

eeeeewill drift past like a figure

in a dream drifting, like an hourflower

further and further, in lilac silence and


passing a broken-down fence

treading on the melancholy pulse of the purple rain heart

her colour fading

her fragrance washed out

toward the end of my mirrored tale, she


eeeeewill fade away like her gaze

eeeeewith sadness of a lilac hourflower

eeeeedrifting past me


like a girl


© Julie O’Yang. Text based on a poem by the Chinese symbolist poet Dai Wangshu (1905-1950), image private collection 

julie 超辣

Determined dreamer. Published author in English, Dutch, and Chinese. Former People’s Liberation Army (PLA) captain turned artist entrepreneur and screenwriter. She survived the Cultural Revolution as a baby. In the 1990’s she left for London and has lived and worked in free exile ever since. Her work covers a wide spectrum. As journalist, she creates content covering a range of topics on contemporary China from an insider perspective. In 2008, during the Beijing Olympics, she hosted a 5-episode talk show TV China for Netherlands’ national broadcaster and discussed China’s media landscape with media stars and experts from both China and the Netherlands. From 2013-2016 she was the Editor-in-Chief of the English/Chinese bilingual magazine XiN 新, focusing on today’s China shaped by consumerism. O’yang contributes a weekly column to Hoje Macau on contemporary Chinese art and culture. Her English language book titles include: Butterfly, a historical crime love story set in the Second World War. Since May 2016 O'yang has been collaborating with Flemish photographer Filip Naudts on an art project, which has resulted in the photo novel The Picture of Dorya Glenn. Julie works from the Netherlands and Denmark.

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  1. Plumleaf07 Arts - Mai Twynham Hoang says:

    Beautiful, beautiful – so wanna paint an image from your words x

    1. Mai, how nice to see you here! x

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