資訊處   4.2.2013

412

 
《中大通訊》第412期 > 藝文雅趣 > Our Appetites

Our Appetites

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Evenings flicker, a million times

on a million television screens

with Jackie Chan.

I am learning to walk

through unwashed streets

with memories of flu in the neighbourhood.

我不會, 我不會忘記。1

Our lives are different under a strange democracy

of rats, for street protests are possible

when politicians cough over the latest crisis.

Is this my city?

我不會, 我不會离開。2

Is an economy of rats possible

or do we need casinos?

Those metal domes

phallic in the skyline, those shiny aspiring skyscrapers

in Hong Kong, Singapore, Macau.

These are cities I cherish:

the new blueprints with old drafts of buildings,

that spurt of concrete of twelve storeys, a spit of land

for trees, shrubs and barbecue pits.

We have imagined ourselves:

we live like rats, our appetites bite and bite.

1 I will not, I will not forget.

2 I will not, I will not depart.

摘自英文系鄭竹文教授詩集The Mental Life of Cities,該集獲2012新加坡文學雙年獎(英語組別)

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