周珺的诗剧：夜访女娲 (translated into English by Anna Yin/星子安娜）
第一场：精卫夜访女娲 (Scene 1: Jingwei visits Nuwa at night)
White Snake: Why have they flocked to Mount Buzhou and blockaded it?
Flying Serpent: Because Mount Buzhou is the only way to the Heavens.
White Snake: These crowds are brawling, shouting and slaying! Blood, blood, and corpses are floating on the water.
Flying Serpent: Well, well! Let the flood rise more harshly, and flush all of them away!
The children I have made, now grown up, are coming to kill me?
I made the marriage law to warm their home with a soothing fire.
I let them bear their own children and create their own life.
I let mothers make sweet and warm dinners.
I let fathers embrace them with strong and secure arms.
Did this warmth from family and love from parents
fail to extinguish their greed and foolishness?
The children I have created, who have suffered hunger, do they now come to kill me?
Nuwa: White Snake, Flying Serpent, take my baby and lead everyone away from Mount Buzhou.
The floods are so great, all is drowned, and even the sea turtle’s feet with the magic power cannot withstand the Heavenly Court; I am afraid that we all have nowhere to escape to.
The only one with highest power is you, our mother Nuwa, can you give us the final blessing?
Nuwa: My child, I am willing to give you anything. Jingwei, what do you want me to give you?
Jingwei: I want, I want to see your magical snake tail. I heard that whoever sees it gets the divine power.
Nuwa smiles sadly, lifts up her skirt, and says: Is there any snail tail there since I have become a mother? I only have a pair of mortal feet now.
第二场：精卫夜访女娲 (Scene 2: Fuxi visits Nuwa by night)
Fuxi: The people blockading Mount Buzhou are just inferior humans; abolishing them is like flushing cockroaches into drains. O, Nuwa, no need for you to do that; our new humans can do that easily. It’s like brushing away a speck of dust — the world instantly returns to normal, and we instantly go back to our old normal life. All this just needs to be solved for you by the hundred beasts…haha.
Nuwa: Creating a group of high-level humans to destroy low-level humans?
Choir: Sounds good, if that’s the only hope. Our mother, please take the only chance.
Nuwa: (sad and angry)
Fuxi, in your eyes, they are divided into higher and lower humans?
In my eyes, they are all my children.
You ask one group of my children to kill another group of my children?
Do you think any mother in the world would do such a thing?
第三场：未来智者夜访女娲 (Scene 3: The Future Wise Man Visits Nuwa by Night)
Future Wise Man: (rushes forward) Don’t die. Nuwa, you are a god — gods cannot die.
Choir: Cannot die. Cannot die —
Nuwa: As the god who made mankind, I made a mistake; as a mother, I cannot protect my children. I am willing to die in order to save everything!
Choir: Don’t die, our mother Nuwa.
Future Wise Man: Do not die, the God who made mankind.
Nuwa: O children, hasten away from Mount Buzhou. Death may not be the end, as long as the love in your heart is not forgotten.
Screen: Suddenly, the flood gushes up to the top of the mountain.
Stage direction: Nuwa slowly approaches the cliff, and the choir comes forward to stop her.
Screen: More and more raging floods rush over.
Stage direction: The future wise man grasps the axe near the fire camp and turns toward Nuwa to chop her down at the waist.
White Snake lunges up: Stop!
Choir yell: No! No!
The light goes out.
After a long time, darkness infuses.
White Snake: Where are we?
Choir: We are here, in a time when one human creates another human, and the immortal man recreates “Humankind”.
Flying Serpent: What world is this and what era are we experiencing?
Choir: This world is crowded with people just like us, but here there are no mothers, no fathers, no children, only a body of flesh, and its name is “Humankind”
What kind of life are we living?
Is there still a sky so blue that tears fall?
Is there still the earth that promises a good harvest?
Do we still have the burning heart-throbs and the heartbreak of love at first sight?