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​Chinese Water Thoughts

Uncollectable Spilled Water

I am told that dripping water can eat through stone

Though as a child I was not too clear on the specifics of why or how

I read that fish cannot survive in completely clear water

And I wonder about all the fresh water fish

If I am seeing the heavens in the water  (it’s called a reflection)

Then why can’t I see the fish in the trees?


I’m drinking the water

I’m trying, but for the life of me I don’t seem to be able to remember the spring

Flowing water never gets dirty

The remedy for dirt is soap and water

Water and words are easy to pour but impossible to recover

The remedy for dying is living


What is it about “Chinese” water?




覆 (fu) – spill


水 (shui) – water 


難 (nan) – hard


收 (shou) – collect, receive


© Lucy Chau Lai-Tuen Sheen




Lucy is the only transracial Hong-Kong adoptee who writes and performs.


"I’m made in Hong Kong, exported to the UK as a transracial adoptee in the 60s, dyslexic actor, writer, filmmaker & trainer who loves dim sum, Yorkshire puddings & a nice cuppa cha!"


Lucy is currently working on her first poetry anthology. It will be published in September 2014


Read her amazing article for Banana Writers  about transracial adoption.


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