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FEAR – 李异

九月 15, 2016

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Li Yi
FEAR

In 1950
on the eve of the liberation of Hainan Island
grandpa was still in Wenchang
as a fisherman.
One time
he was out on the sea,
three days and two nights,
without any catch;
hanging his head, going back.
Suddenly
he hauled up
a sea creature just like a human.
Black everywhere all over the body,
darker than Africans,
eyes full of tears.
Grandpa
loosened the net,
let him go.
Coming home,
he told the village what happened;
everyone thought it was a bad omen.
On the same day they beat drums and gongs,
called a meeting,
banishing
grandpa.
He went back to Qiongshan, working the soil.
When I was small,
he told me this story;
he said on this world,
there were not only mer-cows and sea hogs,
there were also mer-people;
everything that lived on the land,
the sea had it all.
In 1966
grandpa was dragged up on the stage;
head smashed, a dozen shovels;
sank into the mud,
could never be found.
15 years ago
I was on the boat
leaving the island.
Stood at the railing,
stared into endless surge all around;
thinking of grandpa,
there was this idea
spinning round in my head.
Under the sea,
do they have also
a tribe of people,
living in fear?

Tr. MW, September 2016

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IM TEMPEL – 李异

六月 3, 2016

Li Yi

Li Yi
IM TEMPEL

vor der halle des sakyamuni
kommt der palast des himmelsherrschers
an beiden seiten in dieser halle
stehen vier riesige himmelsgestalten
in diesem jahr geh ich in den tempel
alle leute opfern maitreja
in der mitte in der großen halle
lauter räucherstäbchen
nur ein kleiner bub
in ärmlicher kleidung
hat sich an der seite vor den himmelsgestalten
die ganze zeit verbeugt und gebetet
ich war neugierig
wieso mag er die kerle mit wilden gesichtern?
ich geh zu ihm und frag ihn
er sagt
der kopf von dieser figur
sei wie der helm auf dem kopf seines vaters
im bergwerk

Übersetzt von MW im Juni 2016

Im Tempel


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