水雉是水雉科的一種。在臺灣多棲息于菱角田間,俗稱菱角鳥,在繁殖期金黃褐白羽色和長長尾羽,水上盈盈、姿態翩翩又有“凌波仙子”美稱。小水雉。

水雉
哨兵
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仲夏時分早就過了眾鳥的孵化期,但在洪湖
濕地保護區,一只水雉
卻趴在芡實上,捂實那窩鳥蛋
橫住了我的去途。整個傍晚
我們就這樣默不做聲,彼此
對峙,似友
更像死敵。時光
就此倒流,湖面上的空寂
和薄霧,仿佛戰爭過后的慘景
我期待著它能快點飛走,好讓我
趕在天黑前,打探清楚
七十年前水牢的位置。但水雉
卻堵在獨木舟前,神態安詳
鎮定,絲毫不亞于
那些受刑領死的先哲

?Jacana
Shao Bing
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In midsummer, far past the roosting season, in the protected
wetlands of Lake Hong, a Jacana
broods over some gorgon fruit, hovering over them like eggs
in the middle of my path. Through the night
the Jacana and I maintain our silence, facing
off, like companions
but more like mortal enemies. Time
reverses its flow, the solitude on the lake surface and
the mist, seem like the tragic aftermath of war
I expect the Jacana to fly away, so that I can
beat sundown, on my quest to find out where those watery jails
used to hail. But the Jacana
blocks the canoe, its manner serene
unperturbed, no less than
those ancient sages on the eve of martyrdom
(Kyle Anderson?譯)

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