Eclipsed 心

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.

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Family Tree[家谱树]


mother says blood is thicker than water
and I wonder if rose-tinted viscosity
obscures reality
and feeds deep-rooted problems
into gnarly family trees

twisted canopies seek sunshine
in mindfully constructed forests
filled with fake dew-drop perfection
and find no nourishment
in the tired soils

that’s why
we can’t just bury the wretched hatchet
we must use it
till the sun rises
and the earth heals
and the rain will wash the memories away
then we will finally be

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