You are like a river
You move through the city
Sending people home and to work
Moving between every street and building
Giving strength to the city and its people
Every second, minute, hour, day, month and year
Never resting

You watch the city grow
It is like a mountain becoming bigger and higher
You remain under the bottom
The sound of your breath becomes heavier
As you carry this mountain on your back
Through the night
Into the morning light

I come to you everyday
Tired, rushed or relaxed
You always welcome me
You become a part of my life
A part of me

You move into my body
And through my veins
You become me and I become you


– Gu Xiong, 10 February 2001