Power Couple

By May Ling Su

We are a power couple. We live hand to mouth day to day. We have no education, no money, no opportunities. We farm, fish, hunt, toil in the heat and the rain. Every year our home is ripped to shreds by typhoons, floods, earthquakes or volcanos, and every year we scavenge enough materials to build it up again. Better. Stronger. We’re called “resilient” by the system that ravages our resources and spits us out, the remains of the carcass they have consumed and now consider waste.
We are the ultimate recyclers, appropriating anything into our home. Old signs, worn tires, plastic water jugs. One power couple’s trash is another power couple’s treasure. We don’t tweet or pin or instagram. In fact we’re not plugged in. We just make do. We do..