To the 110th Anniversary of Xi’an Jiaotong University
Why am I mean and arrogant?
Because of what I dedicated and experienced.
Because I’ve seen more talents than stars,
More brave hearts than leaves of the grass.
My shoulders were covered by more prints
Of taps of great hands than grains of sand.
I expedited the birth of a new country
With clanking hammers, gears and lathes.
I disposed of people’s illusions and ignorance,
And bestowed them freedom and colorful dreams
With unwavering faith, I roared from east to west,
Liberating all flesh from misery and poverty.
Old as a man I am, as my children,
Young and energetic, and they will always be.
Shouldn’t I leave them my dignified property,
And cherish with them our hard-won prosperity?
I am mean and arrogant, for what I’ve dedicated
And experienced, is to be inherited and flourished. (2006)
To Young Graduates
I always appreciate golden greens
Overgrowing the splendor of sakura
Yet piercing the eyes with a dew shining
In early spring’s fantasy orchestra,
For they will soon overwhelmingly replace
By merrily quivering notes thriving
All the transient noise of shallow, dull voice
With the power of Nature’s magic wands.
How I admire you, young graduates,
For paths are your initiatives, not rates,
For time is your humble slave, not master,
For dreams are your in-fashion keys, not toys,
For what I used to misuse, you now enjoy,
And what you here possess, I miss dearly.