Excerpt of poem "Chasing the Dream" (追逐梦想) by Luo Hongmei
Poem read by Luo Hongmei (罗红梅)
This is the opening excerpt from a poem written by student Luo
Hongmei about life during and since the earthquake. Here is an
excerpt from the transcript of the interview talking about the
inspiration for the poem and her own life:
Q: How many poems do you have here (at the relocation
A: About a dozen of them.
Q: Is the one you read for us your favorite one?
A: Yes. That’s when we just came here... this girl was in our dorm
and she really moved and inspired me. She studied in that dim light
when we all went to bed. I think she really likes studying. When I
saw that scene, saw she was reading, I wished for her that her
dreams would come true.
Q: So you wrote this as a result? And what’s your dream?
A: I want to be a nurse. Because after the earthquake there weren’t
any nurses, not a single one in the town I lived---the hospital
went down, and there was literally nothing left… seeing people,
your relatives die in front of you and there was nothing you could
do about it… The field in front of my house is flat so the corpses
were laid there… in the front of my home… I was thinking if I had
some magic power, I could surely rescue them… really… my family
just cried their eyes out.