READING ORDERS – Yi Sha 伊沙《閱讀指令》

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Yi Sha 《閱讀指令》
READING ORDERS

in these few days
I’ve read them again and again
four pages of orders
left behind by the suicide terrorists

“now is the time
you have to get up
get dressed as fast as you can”
so I get up
get dressed

“now is the time
go wash yourself
go to the bathroom
look into the mirror
get rid of unnecessary
small hairs on your face”
so I wash myself
and listen to
the sound of my razor

“now is the time
you have to go out
go downstairs call a taxi
when you sit in the cab
you will feel nervous
and the best method
against feeling nervous
you smile at the driver
when you get to the airport
you smile at everyone”
so I go out
call a cab, smiling

“now is the time
use your small dagger and your iron will
a massacre is about to begin”
I feel distracted –
are these two lines from a poem?
then something makes we weak altogether:
“now is the time
you must go through death
to enter paradise
the virgins in paradise
are already prepared
in their most beautiful clothes
to welcome you”
and so I decide
to give up the mission

they should not have said that
as soon as I read it I thought
maybe I don’t have to die
don’t have to kill so many people
to get at this thing

2001
Tr. MW, Nov. 2015

《阅读指令》

近些日子
我总是反复阅读
那些不要命的恐怖分子
在行动之前
得到的4页指令

上面说:现在
你该起床了
以最快的速度
穿好衣服
我就起床
穿好衣服

上面说:现在
你该洗漱
去卫生间
对着镜子
剃掉脸上
多余的毛发
我就洗漱
并且嗡嗡嗡地
剃须

上面说:现在
你该出门
下楼打车
坐上车子
你会感到紧张
而消除紧张的
最佳做法是
对司机微笑
到了机场
对你见到的每个人微笑
于是我就
出门、打车、微笑

上面说:现在
带着你的小刀和意志
一场屠杀就要开始
我被分了神
以为那是两行诗
而彻底使我软掉的是
上面说:现在
你就要穿越死亡
进入天堂
天堂的美女
已经穿好了
最美丽的衣裳
迎接你的到来
于是我就
放弃了一切行动

它不该说这个
它一说这个我就想
也许我犯不着死
犯不着杀那么多人
就能够得到这些

(2001)

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