Posts Tagged ‘rats’

BIRDS AND CORN COBS – 陈庚樵 Chen Gengqiao

十月 7, 2020

Chen Gengqiao
BIRDS AND CORN COBS

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

 

FIRST FLOOR – 赵壮志 Zhao Zhuangzhi

六月 23, 2020

Zhao Zhuangzhi
FIRST FLOOR

On the dormitory’s first floor,
conditions are worst.
Moss on wooden doors,
rust on window bars.
From outside, passing the windows,
I see three special rooms,
with their own bathroom,
doors and windows aluminum,
Simmons mattress.
A black student
wielding a club
to chase a mouse
that ran in from the Chinese students next door.

6/12/20, Zhanjiang
Translated by MW, June 2020

 

 

JEDER KANN UNMENSCHLICH WERDEN

五月 23, 2016

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JEDER KANN UNMENSCHLICH WERDEN

ein toter zeck
ist ein guter zeck
ich glaub den spruch gibts auch mit hofer

MW Mai 2016

RATTEN

hofer ist nicht das problem
nur seine ratten
sagt meine frau
vom 20er haus sage ich
so viele laufen ihm nach
ratten oder kinder
wenn es so viele sind
wo ist der unterschied

MW Mai 2016

RAT-NOTES: 君儿 Jun Er

十一月 16, 2014

RAT-NOTES

Jun Er
RAT-NOTES

the money my mother gave to me and my brother
that was never enough
she hid in the wood stack in the store room
after a while she thought of looking
rats had bitten three bills
into weird crescent shapes
I took them into the city
to the bank
the bank attendant let me tape them
when I taped half a bill together
he gave me half of the money
300 yuan in rat-notes
became a new bill of 100 yuan
I held it up to the sun
it was real, a brand new portrait
of the great man

Tr. MW, Nov. 2014


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