“But You Didn’t” Poem Translated & Illustrated by Chinese Netizen

"But You Didn't" poem, translated and illustrated in Chinese.

The #1 hottest microblog post of the day yesterday on China’s Sina Weibo social network…

From Sina Weibo:

@肥啾榭一: Someone once said that the greatest hurt to a woman is not you falling in love with someone else but disappointing her when she has expectations of you. “But You Didn’t”, a poem I saw on the internet, is one I’ve been wanting to draw into a comic/cartoon strip and after staying up all night, I’ve finally managed to do it! As a late Valentine’s Day gift, I post it onto Weibo! TAT

[Note: The following image has been edited to include English translations next to the original Chinese text. Click on the image to view the original image posted on Sina Weibo. The Chinese text are themselves translations of the original English language poem. The English translations edited into the image reflect the Chinese artist’s slightly different Chinese translations and presentation of the poem’s verses.]

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The microblog post was widely upvoted and reshared/forwarded by netizens on the Twitter-like platform but has almost no comments.

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  • mr.wiener

    Shit, that is sad. I didn’t see that end coming.

    • Terrik

      Damnit. I didn’t see that coming either.

    • Rick in China

      As soon as ‘nam was mentioned, it was like, oh shit………..

      Such a sad poem.

  • Luck Of Fire

    i thought that there would be a happy ending.

  • mattman183

    Well, there goes my day.

  • Guest23

    Really bittersweet poem, I remember finding it here http://www.phatpoetry.com.au/poetry-vault/poems/you-didnt while researching some poems for an essay years ago, really touching.

  • Gerhana

    but there is no poetry device! its a conversation more than a poem! I was surprised at the end because it was written by American! when I read the poem I was certain it was by an average Chinese netizen (the device lost in translation…). I was confused reading that Vietnam bit as I was certain something bad about to happen now, but a Chinese man went to Vietnam? what bad things could happen? Never mind.

    • A Gawd Dang Mongolian

      I take it English isn’t your strong point. I’m still scratching my head over what you posted.

    • Guest

      poetry is more then just words rhyming…

  • aaron

    i thought it was because the man got a vietnamese girl pregnant and stayed to be a good father. =(

    • A Gawd Dang Mongolian

      ..but he didn’t.

  • W4rb1rd

    Chinese couldn’t create something out of nothing (from the scratch). All they “can do” is to replicate.

    • the ace of books

      2/10 trolling effort. Just don’t even.

  • Nick in Beijing

    What, no Chinese netizen reactions?

    • Zappa Frank

      They didn’t

    • “The microblog post was widely upvoted and reshared/forwarded by netizens
      on the Twitter-like platform but has almost no comments.”

      • Nick in Beijing

        Also, why does it say the original text is Chinese if the author of the poem was American?

        • Kai

          Dude, finish reading the rest of that note:

          The following image has been edited to include English translations next to the original Chinese text. Click on the image to view the original image posted on Sina Weibo. The Chinese text are themselves translations of the original English language poem. The English translations edited into the image reflect the Chinese artist’s slightly different Chinese translations and presentation of the poem’s verses.

  • Stefan Xu

    Very touching…

  • arterius2

    There was a pretty much the same poem written about the Iraq war, so I’m not really sure what to believe anymore. These could very well be a series of viral ads about something entirely different, who knows.

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    • whuddyasack

      The one about the Iraq War by anonymous wasn’t the original. The anonymous poster substituted Vietnam for Iraq because he or she felt that in both wars, the situation was the same. War causes loved ones to be lost.

      This one is the original, written by Merrill Glass.

      http://www.markedbyteachers.com/gcse/english/compare-1.html

  • the ace of books
  • whuddyasack

    I can see why there were so few comments. To those netizens, words don’t do the poem justice and a simple upvote was the best they could do. Most Chinese can empathize with tragedy, and many more can empathize with regret. More than anyone, they understand what it is like to never have told their children, friends, parents and lovers how much they loved them while they were living.

    And for those who actually thought this was a Chinese poem, it is understandable. The interactions between the main characters are illustrated with a certain Chinese feel and personality to them. Pinching cheeks, pressing heads on pregnant tummies and husbands cleaning up their spouses are in fact more Eastern than Western in practice. Western relationships involve a greater equality and husbands don’t care for wives in such a manner.

    Of course it doesn’t help that the manga style art is more readily associated with Asian culture than Western ones, having their origins from Japan.

    • ptptp

      “Pinching cheeks, pressing heads on pregnant tummies and husbands
      cleaning up their spouses are in fact more Eastern than Western in
      practice. Western relationships involve a greater equality and husbands
      don’t care for wives in such a manner.”

      These are universal actions. Why you think that “Western” husbands don’t do that is beyond me.

      • nita

        Who pinches their girlfriend’s cheeks? Or wipes their girlfriend’s mouth when she’s perfectly capable of wiping her own mouth? I doubt either Western or Eastern men do that. That’s just weird. Women are adults, not babies.

        • mr.wiener

          I pinch my wife’s cheeks all the time…..just not those cheeks :)

          • Rick in China

            IMPLOSIBAL! Western men don’t love their wives, just dick in vagina!

          • whuddyasack

            Haha, so discreet. But I know what you’re talking about ;-)

        • Satchan

          It’s a cultural thing. Pinching another’s cheeks is often meant to be a tease or a light playful punishment. (It still hurts a little…)

      • whuddyasack

        That’s true. But unfortunately, how it is seen these days is that acting like children in relationships is an Eastern thing. Western relationships tend to be more high class, polished and refined. Western relationships are often seen as mature while Asian ones tend to be clumsy, awkward, sweet. Some would describe it as pure.

        The way this poem was illustrated would actually make one think Asian, as winterbitten said.

        It’s really my observation and me expressing why I think some people mistaken this poem as one written by a Chinese.

    • Guest

      lot’s of western men also do stuff like that though..?? all those actions are not just eastern things.

      • winterbitten

        No, at least with the pinching thing, that totally made me thing “Asian”

        • Comebackkid13

          Have to agree the disgruntled cheek pinching is super “Asian.” Here in Japan, guys slap the tops of their girlfriends heads. Not violently, but like “baaaaaka!” and slap tap just enough for them to go “ouch”!

          • Kai

            In Korea, it’s the other way around. ;)

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  • Gordon Gogodancer

    But there is a happy ending! The was guy fed up with having to be a gentleman while his girlfriend treated him like dirt decided to go stay in South East Asia and fake his death and is now married with an ex prostitute who treats him better.

  • linette lee

    Oh my God, this is too sad. Why post this on Valentine’s Lantern Festival weekend? I had a good weekend and now I am crying. So sad.

    • jensenjs

      Why do you only see the sad in it, why do you not see all the memories that made her love him so, why do you not see her reflection over all the things he “didn’t”
      Women today expects their spouse to give them everything, they never see how much a man really give them, they rarely see the love he has for her.

      She did see his love by seeing things he didn’t.

  • linette lee

    But you didn’t by Merrill Glass

    Remember the day I borrowed your brand
    new car and dented it?
    I thought you’d kill me, but you didn’t.

    And remember the time I dragged you to the beach,
    and you said it would rain, and it did?
    I thought you’d say, “I told you so.” But you didn’t.

    Do you remember the time I flirted with all
    the guys to make you jealous, and you were?
    I thought you’d leave, but you didn’t.

    Do you remember the time I spilled strawberry pie
    all over your car rug?
    I thought you’d hit me, but you didn’t.

    And remember the time I forgot to tell you the dance
    was formal and you showed up in jeans?
    I thought you’d drop me, but you didn’t.

    Yes, there were lots of things you didn’t do.
    But you put up with me, and loved me, and protected me.

    There were lots of things I wanted to make up to you
    when you returned from Vietnam.

    But you didn’t.

    • Natural Harmonia

      That’s the person’s name? Thank you.

  • W4rb1rd

    What the hell? That’s the truth, fags. I am living here for more than 3 years so I *know*.

    • mr.wiener

      3 years!! Stand back people! We got us a “lifer” here!!

  • Guest

    Nevermind. It was written by an American.

  • Comebackkid13

    God damn, that was a good freaking poem! I’m going to look so critically at my girlfriend now. Why don’t you love me like this! haha

  • Comebackkid13

    Ahahahahaha

  • Toby Ezekwenna

    Epic beta?

  • LA

    Hi how do I download this? Thanks

  • wow thats sad

    wow rip mY HEART OUT WHY DONT YOU !!!

  • Natural Harmonia

    Really? Where is the proof?

  • Natural Harmonia

    That was a joke.

  • Natural Harmonia

    LOL

  • Durfotron .

    Right in the kokoro

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  • Dewan Naeem

    It’s not a Chinese poem genius.. It’s an American poem.

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