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Probation Plea | Pek-êng Koa

My Probation Plea Is Rejected Again

Translated by C. J. Anderson-Wu
They shouted, Democracy! Freedom!
I don’t know Democracy
And Freedom doesn’t know me
A Cockroach has climbed over mountain after mountain
Desperately, it rushes forward 
but crashes into a slipper at the gate of Freedom
A lone hawk’s wing broke
It hangs upside-down over the iron-barred window
looking inward at a corner where drafts of poems lie piled
My soul languishes a little bit
So I stew a poem to strengthen my bones and tendons
and swallow a tablet of homesickness to revitalize my spirit 
Tick Tock Tick Tock, the world is the same
Tick, Tock, the world is not the same
Needs a new battery
All right. Dreams have retreated
Friends, put away your teardrops
We are going to shop the market’s new morning dew.
My hope fell and got skinned
so a bandaid was enclosed
in a letter mailed from home
Dragging fetters, encountering
a bird feather dropped into the bars
I hear the sounds of clenching teeth
Mr. Freedom is sleeping
in a bed of clouds over heaven
It wouldn’t wake up even during a 10-magnitude earthquake
It only takes a randomly signed order on a piece of paper
to bend a prisoner’s backbone, dignity and dreams
into something unrecognizable

Bird and Flower
Drawing ©2023 jsburl

Translator's Note: Pek-êng Koa was formerly incarcerated for 16 years due to two charges of robbery. "My Probation Plea is Rejected Again" was created around 2007 and 2008.

Poetry ©2007-2008 Pek-êng Koa
English Translation ©2023 C. J. Anderson-Wu
All rights reserved

Pek-êng Koa

…is an award-winning Taiwanese poet, he is also a teacher and a campaigner for the creative writing of poetry in Taiwanese language. “My Probation Plea Is Rejected Again” was from his poetry A Firefly in the Fence(2010), published by the Tainan City’s Bureau of Culture.

C. J. Anderson-Wu

…is a writer and translator from Taiwan, her short fiction and poems can be found in Hennepin Review, Kitaab, Story Sanctum, and e-ratio, among other literary journals.

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