MANTIS – 余榛

Yu Zhen
MANTIS

The moon was not all over the mountain,
but I had a feeling,
standing alone in the dark,
being swallowed into the air.
The world was immense,
I was infinitely small.
This old house with its dim light
had been lived in before my grandfather,
two generations before I was born.
I came back from other parts,
my mother was at the stove, catching a mantis.
Fed him sesame oil, let him out on the grass.
Murmuring, warning our ancestors not to come back.
So I have a special respect
for every mantis.

Translated by MW, September 2017

螳螂

余榛

 

月光没有铺满山坡
但给我错觉
一个人站在黑暗之中
似已被空气吞食
世界无穷大
我无穷小
前面是黑灯瞎火的老房子
在祖父之前已住过
两代我没面世的先人
我从外乡回来
看见母亲从灶台上抓螳螂
喂了香油放回草地
嘴里叨念,先人已逝别再回来
从此我对螳螂
特别敬畏

 

버마재비
여진

달빛은 언덕을 가득 채우지 않았지만
나에게 착각을 주었다
홀로 어둠 속에 서니
이미 공기에게 먹힌 듯하다
세상은 끝없이 넓고
나는 무한대로 작다
앞에는 칠흑 같은 어둠이 넘친 집
할아버지 전에 이미
두 세대의 선조가 살았다
내가 다른 고장에서 돌아오니
엄마가 부뚜막에서 사마귀를 잡아
참기름을 무쳐 다시 풀밭으로 돌려보내면서
입으로 중얼거리셨다, 선조님들께서 이미 돌아가셨으니
다시 돌아오시지 말아요, 그때로부터
나는 사마귀를 보면
특별히 경배하였다

(韩) 郭美兰 (美) 洪君植

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