OYSTER SHELL WALLS – 能水 Neng Shui


Neng Shui
OYSTER SHELL WALLS

At the water you live off the water
Ancestors who kept oysters
used oyster shells
to build wondrous walls.

I saw an intro,
you mix in clay, cane sugar, sticky rice and so on
ordinary people
could not afford that.
The walls that still stand now
are ancestral halls of a clan or some official.

Records state,
for one ancestral hall you need ten tons of shells.
Dazed and surprised
I looked to the village across from the halls.
A hundred-year-old white-haired lady
came tottering out,
like an oyster ghost who somehow survived.

Translaed by MW, July 2020

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