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Why do you go the opposite way

Why do you go the opposite way

Photo taken on Aug. 9, 2017 shows sergeant Zhang Guoquan of the Aba division of People's Armed Police running to rescue people at quake-hit Jiuzhaigou County, southwest China's Sichuan Province. (Photo by Pan Zefu/ NetEase in Sichuan)

Editor's note: The photo above went viral on the Internet in China on Aug.11, 2017. In the photo, a solider of armed police runs to rescue people at quake-hit Jiuzhaigou County, southwest China's Sichuan Province. Netizens all praise sergeant Zhang Guoquan for his brave move. Here is a poem to salute to him and all people who have taken part in the rescue work at quake-hit Jiuzhaigou County.

Why Do You Go the Opposite Way

To Sergeant Zhang Guoquan of the Aba division of People's Armed Police

By Qi Mingyu

Translated by Wang Zhihan

 

All running

Others to the wave of life

You the embrace of death

That moment of "live or die"

When they escape like mad

You exerted yourself as if death was not a thing

From that lonely back

I can't tell who you are 

But I know whom you are here for

Shaking ground under foot

I don't want to call you "hero"

For one more time, let me call you "dear bro"

Why are you there in the forefront?

Why do you go the opposite way?

Why are you so different?

I know, on your shoulders

One side is the nation

The other is home

Your camouflage

Is the flag of victory

The color of life

Your youth

belongs to your parents and family

To the people and motherland.

[ Editor: Zhang Zhou ]