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《中大通讯》第412期 > 艺文雅趣 > 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.

我不会, 我不会忘记。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?

我不会, 我不会离开。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.

摘自英文系郑竹文教授诗集The Mental Life of Cities,该集获2012新加坡文学双年奖(英语组别)

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