a migrant worker’s house in zhuhai
— cathy huang siying
If you take
the number 70 bus
get off at the Jin Ding Market Station,
go across the smelly, bustling street,
then five minutes’ walk will lead you to a quiet lane.
To the right side a green field to rest your eyes,
a fresh breeze to caress.
but the houses’ mouths
A few minutes more
and you come to an alley
Zeng Xiaomei’s family.
and knock at the door,
a smiling face
will greet you,
welcome you with Cantonese or Mandarin,
or a Hunan dialect. This will depend
on your face.
Green trees brighten
the tiny yard,
There’s a hand pump
under a tree,
a rare article in this age.
A two-storey cottage faces the entrance,
wherein dwells Xiaomei, her sister-in-law
and her sister’s family.
Two kids’ laughter
and shouting fill the house
Quite a nice cottage! Is it your home?
Yes, and no. We rent it
for 550 yuan a month
I’ve been working in Zhuhai for thirteen years.
Just moved in here
a half a year ago.
Never know when it’s time to leave.
We came here, but we don’t really belong here.
just getting ready
for whatever it is that’s coming next.