Amazing Kids! Magazine

The Memoir of the Terracotta Warrior

By Adrian Sun, age 11, Hong Kong

 

I have been guarding this tomb for the past 2,000 years—
No sunlight, only darkness.
Around me stand thousands of shadows just like myself.
I am the protector of Qin Shi Huang in the afterlife.

I was carefully crafted by the most skillful craftsmen;
They created me with clay, glued my body parts together,
And colored me with red, green, blue, pink, and lilac lacquer.
After laboring for 10 years,
They finally made me and the warriors surrounding me.
I am the protector of Qin Shi Huang in the afterlife.

I was put in a tomb surrounded by 100 rivers of mercury.
Pearl, silver, and gold covered the ceiling.
Traps all around were set up to fire poisonous arrows at anyone who dared to enter.
I am the protector of Qin Shi Huang in the afterlife.

Wives, concubines, workers, and craftsmen all sealed up together
With my fellow terracotta warriors and me.
Cries of panic resonated through the tomb
As people wailed, but there was no way out.
I am the protector of Qin Shi Huang in the afterlife.

I have been untouched for over 2,000 years—
Only silence,
Blackness at every corner
Until one day, the tomb was opened.
And a ray of light appeared in front of me.
Curious faces looked down on me.
I am the protector of Qin Shi Huang in the afterlife.

Now I have become a tourist attraction.
People from around the world come and visit me.
It is said that I am one of the wonders of the ancient world!
How about the wives, concubines, workers, and craftsmen?
Only ashes remain while I stand tall.