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Sichuan Earthquake Update » Blog Archive » Poem by Zhang Suning: If you’re alive, then mum is too

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Help the Earthquake Children to Recover
May 22nd, 2008

Poem by Zhang Suning: If you’re alive, then mum is too

Second poem by Zhang Suning, inspired by the events during earthquake rescue operation. Zhang Suning recited the poem during the Edinburgh charity auction for the earthquake children.

My darling baby, if you’re alive, then mum is too

by Zhang Suning (Chinese version here)

Translated from Chinese to English, by Yuhua Hu

If you're alive, so is mum
When the rescuers found her, she had died, killed by the house that collapsed. She died in a very unusual posture. She was kneeling on the floor, the whole upper body stretched forward with her arms supporting her whole body. The posture looked like the kneeling Koutou etiquette in ancient China, but her body was completely distorted by the pressure. When people cleared away the rubble around her, they found a baby was lying underneath her body, wrapped up in a small red blanket with golden patterns. The baby was about 3, 4 months old. Because of the protection from his mother’s body, he was still peacefully asleep when found. The rescuing doctor found a mobile phone inside the blanket, and on the screen of the phone, there was a message ‘My darling baby, if you survive, please remember I love you’.

My darling baby, if you’re alive, then Mum is too

My darling baby, you are still alive
It was Mum who had given you life

It was the second time Mum had given you life
The other time Mum was in great pain
This time Mum is in heaven above
–but now Mum can kiss you no more

My darling baby, you are still alive
It was Mum who had given you life

It was the second time Mum had given you life
Mum gave up her future for your future
Mum sacrificed her life for your life
–and now Mum will only appear in your dreams

Mum must have fed you for the last time
Mum must have changed your nappy for the last time
Mum must have kissed you again and again, till her last breath
Mum must have kept talking to you, till the last moment

My darling baby, you are alive, this was Mum’s hope
My darling baby, as long as you’re alive, Mum’s hope goes on
–a hope that was sheltered by a delicate body
–a hope that was raised up by an immortal life

My darling baby, if you are alive, then Mum is too
Mum’s blood is running in your vessels
Mum’s genes are thriving in every one of your cells
My darling baby, if you are alive, then Mum is too
You are Mum’s dreams in heaven
You are the resurrection of Mum’s life
My darling baby, if you are alive, then Mum is too
You are the extension of Mum’s life
You are the eternity of a mother’s love
My darling baby, if you are alive, then Mum is too
Forever alive, in your life

4 Responses to “Poem by Zhang Suning: If you’re alive, then mum is too”

  1. oh my god is a very touching event that happen in sichuan i truly sympathy on the baby and the mother hope the god will bless the baby ,she is a very good mother hope tat u will leave in peacefully

  2. Its a very good and touching poem. Although i think maybe it would have sounded better in chinese. But i like it, because it reminds people of how we should care for others and always be gald if our parents are there for us

  3. Hello,
    Your poem has so much meaning and so much feeling, thank you for sharing it with us all.

    “My darling baby, if you’re alive, then Mum is too”
    Amazing you summed up your poem so well in one sentence.

    The relationship between kids and their parents. I never take that for granted.

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