Eclipsed 心

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Photography: mxqqy (self)

I learnt my first 儿歌 over a
long-distance phone call as 妈妈
sat under the southern cross,
halfway around the world.

she sang about 一闪一闪的
小星星and I wonder if she
ever wished upon these flickering
lights to 再次 share the same sky
with the mother and daughter
she was forced to leave behind.

almost two decades later,
three generations 团聚在,
the same roof 下, but my
memories of 金色的 stars
cast across 陌生的 sunset
have become hazy, even
in slumber, my anglicised tongue
has become better at tying
knots into cherry stems than
imitating my grandmother’s songs.

though our worlds have finally
spun into alignment, our eclipsed
hearts leave us fumbling, strangers,
lost, in the dark.


Translation:

Eclipsed Heart

I learnt my first nursery rhyme over a long-distance phone call as mother sat under the southern cross, halfway around the world. She sang to me twinkle twinkle little star and I wonder if she ever wished upon these flickering lights to share the same sky once again with the mother and daughter she was forced to leave behind.

Almost two decades later, three generations sit together under the same roof, but my
memories of golden stars cast across an unfamiliar sunset have become hazy, even in slumber, my anglicised tongue has become better at tying knots into cherry stems than imitating my grandmother’s songs.

Though our worlds have finally spun into alignment, our eclipsed hearts leave us fumbling like strangers, lost, in the dark.

 

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7 thoughts on “Eclipsed 心

  1. Enjoyed this poem! I’m Chinese, so seeing how you incorporated the characters with English gives it a cross-cultural/identity effect. Greatly resonated with the “anglicised tongue” line, and I appreciate you writing this.

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  2. This poignant line hit me right in the heart “my anglicised tongue
    has become better at tying
    knots into cherry stems than
    imitating my grandmother’s songs.”
    Lovely, Maggy, as always. ❤

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