Posts Tagged ‘betrayal’

IS IT LOVE? – 小虾 Xiao Xia

1月 5, 2022

Xiao Xia

I accept myself when my business fails with a mountain of debts.
I accept myself when my marriage fails and I’m hurting all over.
I accept myself when I’m insulted, accused, hiding in tears.
I accept myself when I am sick, when I’m down on my last breath.
I accept myself when I lose all restraint, when I love, I am free.
I accept myself when I’m confused, I smoke and I drink.
I accept myself when I flee, I shrink back, I am stubborn as hell.
I accept myself when I’m wilful, go back on my word, when I’m bad.
I accept myself when my temper breaks out and I’m walking alone.
I accept myself when I’m stupid, selfish, not perfect at all.
But why
is it so hard
when I can’t write a good poem?

Translated by MW in December 2021



《新诗典》小档案:小虾  女,广西来宾人,80后。



伊沙主持 | 新世纪诗典11一周联展(2021.12.26——2022.1.1)

伊沙主持 | 新世纪诗典11一周联展(2021.12.26——2022.1.1)




9月 18, 2015

Warsaw bicycle


ich finde den adler nicht schön
nur den schatten des adlers
in der kapelle für katyn
gegenüber vom platz der aufständischen
es war ein tapferer aufstand
sie haben auch gewonnen zuerst
die rote armee stand bereit
auf der anderen seite des flusses
aber die rote armee hat gewartet
und die deutschen kamen zurück
sie haben die stadt abgerissen
die rote armee hat gewartet
das war 1944
der aufstand im ghetto war vorher
auf dem platz wo das ghetto war
steht stalins kulturpalast
das ghetto war noch viel größer
das war 1940
zehntausende polnische offiziere
vom geheimdienst getötet
vom sowjetischen geheimdienst
auch ukrainische offiziere
in der kapelle für katyn
gegenüber vom platz der aufständischen
zehntausende namen
und ein schöner adler
so steht es geschrieben
ich mag seinen schatten

MW Juli 2015, dt. Sept. 2015



8月 3, 2015

Warsaw bicycleWARSAW

the eagle is not beautiful
the shadow of the eagle is
they have a chapel for Katyn
across from uprising square
the uprising was very brave
they won at first
the Red Army was there
just across the river
but the Red Army waited
then the Germans came back
they razed Warsaw City
the Red Army waited
that was in 1944
before that was the Ghetto
the Ghetto uprising
Stalin’ s culture palace stands in its place
in the place of the Ghetto
was in 1940
tens of thousands of Polish officers
killed by Soviet intelligence
Ukrainians too
they have a chapel for Katyn
across from Uprising Square
tens of thousands of names
and a beautiful eagle
they say
I like its shadow

MW July 2015

Warsaw eagle
Jacqueline Winter

A beautiful summer morning. Biking through the historical center. The bike return station is next to the monument of the 1944 uprising against the Nazis. HOW many dead and wounded, while the Red Army literally stood by on the outskirts of town? And the city dynamited and emptied of its population…you would never think it, looking at it now.
Across the street, inside a church, a simple and gut- wrenching memorial to the Katyn massacre victims. With a side memorial for the Smolensk plane crash of 2010, which I fail to understand. Must ask a local where they see the connection- if they do.
And what a tough people: exiled, murdered, bombed, map redrawn…yet they rebuilt splendidly from the rubble while still dirt- poor and were the first to put up meaningful nonviolent resistance to the Soviets back in 1980. And had free elections as soon as they could.
Swinoujscie – Swinemünde had public exhibits around town about their common history with Germany, bilingual. A strongly German city which was bombed flat 55% for being a naval base. No mention of the pre-war German population in Warsaw, though…
The Warsaw “Stalin cake” / Palace of Culture and Science is still on the grounds of the Jewish ghetto. That uprising was in 1943. A few meters of markings on the ground to show where its outer wall once stood. That is all.

meine rede

Martin Winter

People are trying to get by everywhere. First World vs. Third World (or Second World) creates issues of privilege. Just like different kinds of background, experience, heritage make for issues of disconnect within a common country or region. Why are people stupid enough to vote for or even work with racist rightist arseholes in Hitler-spawning Austria? Austria-Hungary-Germany whatever? My friends in China try to get by. Like people everywhere. Some get to express how they detest the state they are in. Some more than others. Like people anywhere, more or less. Some have their audience, as famous poets or fiction writers. Yes, things have improved very much in Taiwan, and in China there is the same repression going on in some ways. Yes, everyone is taking part more or less, including foreigners. All in all, foreign media is a good influence. Most of it. Everywhere probably, in every country, reporting from any outsider’s stance or background can be very refreshing. I was privileged in Taiwan and in China, in Eastern Europe, even in America. On the other hand, I am in between. Every day I talk and work with people and texts from different worlds. It’s a great life, all in all.

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