Choir Solo

Part 9 of Yao Feng’s ‘Cape Verde Fragments’

being surrounded by the sea is a destiny 

it will never turn around 

it stands on the reefs, commanding you to sing

you don’t have much 

but singing makes you wealthy 

because of song 

birds fly out from your throat

because of singing

flowers come up through the stones 

(translated by Kit Kelen and Fei Chen)