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Cathy Xinman: I Am the Daughter of the King

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Cathy Xinman's poems address love, nature, and racism, among other topics.

In December, Pancouver introduced readers to Cathy Xinman, a B.C. resident who writes poems in English and Chinese. Below, you can read one of her English-language poems, “I Am the Daughter of the King”. It appears in her English-language collection, Where You Love Yourself.

I Am the Daughter of the King

You are the king,
our eyes are beautiful,
my eyes are turning to you,
love is stirring in our faces,
spring is yearning for fruits in front of us.
Oh, you are the king,
You know everything about me.
Your powerful arms protect me from every side.
Your mighty hands wash away all my fears.

If I were to climb up to the mountain,
you would be there.
If I were to go down to the bottom of the ocean,
you would be there.
This proud world has hidden traps and nets.
As I walk, talk, or sleep,
you have rescued me.
Nobody can imagine all of this.

My soul is a desert,
but it will grow like strong plants,
it will be as lovely as a palace.
I am your daughter,
you are the king.
Let your wonderful kindness protect all people
who rushed to your side.

She decided to show love and kindness to others.
She has a beautiful feeling which comes from feeling needed.

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Cathy Xinman is a B.C. resident who writes poems in English and Chinese.

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