Posts Tagged ‘eggs’

1977 – 乌城

四月 6, 2017

Wu Cheng
1977

When I was born,
father went to the countryside to buy eggs
to nourish my mother.
On the way back
he ran into a roadblock set up by militia
who confiscated the eggs
to “cut off capitalist tails”.
Profiteering was strictly prohibited.
Father wouldn’t give up.
In that village
he looked up a distant relative,
asked him for help to get the eggs back.
The relative said
a militia man’s wife also just had her baby,
only half of the eggs could be given back.

Tr. MW, April 2017

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HE

三月 28, 2016

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he is not here
for he is risen
he’s not here with us
with our eggs
in our nests
with our bunnies
maybe he is
in idomeni
somewhere on the road
let’s make austria strong
say the people
who seal the borders

MW March 2016

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MINE WORKERS AND TEA EGGS

六月 26, 2014

Feng Xuan

Feng Xuan
MINE WORKERS AND TEA EGGS

actually, they have
just finished their early shift
and found a noodle shop
to let their spent up bodies rest for a while

handmade noodles, two yuan fifty fen
they don’t want to pay any more for the sauce
only a tea-egg
colored much like their skin
happiness rolled into one
they keep the egg and the soup till the end
as if to remind themselves
not to let this darkness
pass into their wives’ pregnant bellies

Tr. MW, June 2014


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