The construction project of Hsuehshan Tunnel that connects Pinglin and Toucheng took 15 years to complete. During construction, a ground collapse occurred at the construction site before dawn on May 11th in 2001. Site Director Zi-Yi Lin evacuated the construction workers. While all the other workers safely escaped from the site, Lin died in this accident. The poem explores the dual connotations of “Hurry,” implying that the convenient and rapid transportation nowadays is built upon the technician’s warning shouts and sacrifice of life. The music is unsettling and heavy, revealing the unfocused sense of helplessness in the hubbub at the site....查看更多 收合
A bridge buried in a mountain is a tunnel.
Drill the hole without creating sparks,
Slowly cutting in as if handling
A nerve that caused toothache yesterday.
We steal speed and
Conspire with time
As a determined tooth worm that, bite after bite,
Gnaws a way deep into the mountain for the honey ahead.
Snow Mountain, O’ Snow Mountain,
My silent and black beauty.
The sandstone and the six faults in you are but
Refusal disguised in seduction.
Finally, with all her strength,
She squeezes out all the slurry and water.
Beyond the stone wall emerge silver-white waves,
With which she raises a sail bearing a sea of lights.
I seem to see you
In front of an air-conditioner outlet,
You take another sip of the gradually cooling coffee,
Listen to radio music and doze off with the rhythm
Like leaves in Snow Mountain that quiver constantly
In the wind.
In the sea of lights that
Extends beyond the horizon,
You yawningly ignore my last words
That faintly resonate out of the window in the tunnel: