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王小妮 詩作

現在,我也拿一小團光出來
沒什麼謙虛的
我的光也足夠的亮。

總有些東西是自己的
比如閃電
閃電是天上的
天,時刻用它的大來戲弄我們的小。

這根安全火柴
幾十年裡,只劃這麼一下。
奇怪的亮處忽然有了愧
那個愧跳上來
還沒怎麼樣就翻翻滾滾。
想是不該隨意閃爍
暗處的生物
還是回到暗處吧。


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Flawless

Speech by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

We teach girls to shrink themselves
To make themselves smaller
We say to girls
“You can have ambition
But not too much
You should aim to be successful
But not too successful
Otherwise you will threaten the man”
Because I am female
I am expected to aspire to marriage
I am expected to make my life choices
Always keeping in mind that
Marriage is the most important
Now marriage can be a source of
Joy and love and mutual support
But why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage
And we don’t teach boys the same?
We raise girls to see each other as competitors
Not for jobs or for accomplishments
Which I think can be a good thing
But for the attention of men
We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings
In the way that boys are
Feminist: the person who believes in the social
Political, and economic equality of the sexes


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What a World!

You can’t be angry here
Otherwise
You will be in anger all the time
And anger won’t help
Except for the pale proof that
Your heart has not yet
Turned into iron
Into concrete
Into plastic, or whatever
So what do you do?
That’s right, she’s not you
You wake up on a warm morning
There’s no chain around your neck
Last night you weren’t among the people fleeing
No bombs flying in your sky
The flowers in your window greet spring
Like they used to
But right now you feel
It’s a shame to be happy
It’s a shame to live quietly