356. The beetle|甲虫

晚上
不知道从哪里进来一只婪步甲
飞到我桌上
在瓶瓶罐罐之间撞来撞去
弄出噼啪的声音
我用空的棉签罐头罩住它
甲虫在里面绕圈走
尝试攀爬边缘
时而仰天摔倒再费力翻过身
显得很仓皇
我去阳台剪了一小段枝叶
洒了点水
放进罐子里
甲虫摸索着爬到叶子上
立即不动了
直到第二天早上放飞前
都一直歇在那里

Last night,
a harpalus sinicus came out of nowhere,
and flied to my table,
bumping and sputtering between the bottles.
I cupped it with an empty cotton swap container.
The beetle circled around in there,
trying to climb the sides,
falling on its back from time to time and then turning over with great effort,
looking flustered.
I went to the balcony and cut down a small twig,
sprinkled it with water,
and put it into the container.
The beetle groped its way onto the leaf,
and stilled at once.
It rested there all night long,
until being set free this morning.

  (2020)

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