A small poem collection, Bilingual (Chinese & English). The words are simple and filled with “homesickness”.
The Author WaWa is from Hong Kong. She expresses her desire for “going back home” and her views on the current world and worries about the future.
Her poems are full of rich emotional experience and child-like writing features. In her eyes, flowers, birds, fish, insects and stones are all alive with emotions.
Everything in the world is alive with emotions.
Every story has thirty-five birdcages,
Every tenement has forty stories,
Every place has five hundred tenements,
And the city has many places,
So altogether it has many, many birdcages.
In the evening, the cages are lit:
One bowl of light, another bowl, a third bowl.
The golden caged lights of the city are resplendent
When seen from the shore.
From time to time,
Flying trees stop by the windows
To see the children within.
The cages are very small;
When I was little
I became so big that I could no longer move inside.
Then one day
I opened the cage,
Opened my hands,
And was picked up by a flying tree.
I rode back to my old cage on a flying tree,
To discover that all the small birds here have grown into bumble-elephants.
They jostle out of their cages, then cram into elevators.
The great bird sayeth consolingly unto me
That he is, well, the Sky, the Time, and the Earth
And so I grab hold of his tail
Fly from a faraway place into the downpour
And grab every leaf of tree, gaping
And press down each little ant, poring
Though the landscape spaces out
In the fog I can only count on my fingertip
to lead the way
Once and again I trip
On this earth of suitcases spilt open
Finally finding against all odds
One blade of grass whom I knew well
He stands on the mount
Shuddering in wind
I burst out saying
I have returned
He shudders in the wind
Little grass, I have returned
He shudders in the wind
MERRY-GO-ROUND OLD MAN
The grandpa of Central Station
In the dust of ten thousand gallopings
Spins in his own gyre
I ask where home is
He doesn’t know the way out
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