BIRDS AND CORN COBS – 陈庚樵 Chen Gengqiao

Chen Gengqiao

My 80-year old aunt,
to protect her corn seeds from birds,
spreads rat poison in her field.
In the morning I see her,
she picks up about one dozen dead sparrows,
puts them in a plastic bag.
Walking along the ridge,
she swears:
„Damn birds,
no matter how many die,
they cannot pay me for one cob of corn.“

Translated by MW, Oct. 2020


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