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NATIONAL DAY – 伊沙 Yi Sha

九月 30, 2017

Yi Sha
NATIONAL DAY

In all these years
there is one national day
I can‘t seem to forget.
Three years ago
I was in Vermont.
Only once you have passed
your National Day abroad,
only then you know:
You are thinking of your own country,
not just your family.
You are missing its reeking
insecure
sense of security.

Sept. 30, 2017
Translated by MW, Sept. 30, 2017

 

《国庆节》

多年以来
最难忘的国庆节
还是三年前
我在美国佛蒙特
只有在异国他乡
度一次国庆
你才会晓得
你在想念祖国
而不仅仅是想家
想念它臭哄哄的
安全感
不安全的安全感

2017

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MANTIS – 余榛

九月 29, 2017

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

EIN VOGEL WIEDER EIN VOGEL 一隻鳥又一隻鳥 LIU XIA 劉霞

九月 22, 2017

EIN VOGEL WIEDER EIN VOGEL

vor langer zeit schon
haben wir von diesem vogel gesprochen
keine ahnung woher er gekommen ist
wir waren ganz aufgeregt
er hat uns zum lachen gebracht

an einem abend im winter
in der nacht, da ist er gekommen
wir haben tief geschlafen
niemand hat ihn gesehen
erst in der früh im sonnenlicht
haben wir auf dem glas
einen kleinen schatten bemerkt
der war lange dort
und wollt noch nicht weg

wir haben den winter verflucht
das lange schlafen im winter
wir wollten eine rote lampe
dauernd brennen lassen
um dem vogel zu sagen
dass wir auf ihn warten

die trauben im hof
sind wieder auf dem rahmen gewachsen
die fenster waren nicht mehr zu
wir haben noch auf den vogel gewartet

an einem samstag
bedeckter himmel, kein regen
sind wir zusammen ausgegangen
um ein neues kleid für mich zu kaufen

es ist dunkel geworden,
bei dem wonton-laden mit vielen leuten
haben wir jeder zwei große schüsseln gegessen
auf dem weg zurück
waren wir ganz still
haben uns innerlich nicht wohl gefühlt

daheim angekommen
die lampe im hof ist aufgeflammt und erloschen
eine kette von grünen trauben war auf den stufen
wir sind zugleich stehen geblieben
haben in den himmel geschaut
gleich wieder auf den boden
er war hergekommen
wir haben nicht gewagt, von ihm zu sprechen
nur im stillen an ihn gedacht
gefürchtet, dass er nie wieder erscheint

endlich war die tür offen
der rote glanz hat geleuchtet
auf dem karierten papier
du hast nicht schreiben können
ich wollte das neue kleid anprobieren
und hab die knöpfe nicht aufgekriegt

er war hergekommen

Mai 1983
Übersetzt von MW im September 2017

 

 

一只鸟又一只鸟

 

我们很久以前
就常常说起那只鸟
不知道来自哪里的鸟
我们兴致勃勃
它给我们带来了笑声

冬天的一个晚上
是晚上,它真的来了
我们睡得很沉
谁也没有看见她
就在有太阳的早晨
我们看见它留在玻璃上的
小小的影子
它印在那里
好久不肯离去

我们讨厌冬天了
讨厌冬天长长的睡眠
我们想让红色的灯
长久地亮着
告诉那只鸟
我们在等待

院里的葡萄
又爬满架子了
窗子不再关上
我们仍然记得那只鸟

一个星期天
天阴沉沉的,没有雨
我们一起出门了
去时装店给我买了一件新衣服
天黑下来的时候,又去
那个人很多的馄饨铺子
一人吃了两大碗馄饨
回来的路上
我们不吭声了
心里觉得有点不舒服

到家了
院子里那盏灯忽明忽暗
一串青青的葡萄落在台阶上
我们同时止住了步子
望了望天
又赶紧低下了头
它来过了
可我们不敢说
只是在心里想着
生怕它永远不再来了

门终于开了
红色的光神秘地铺开
在有格子的纸上
你写不出字了
我想试一试新衣服
却怎么也解不开扣子

它又来过了

1983.5.

 

 

 

EIFFEL TOWER

八月 15, 2017

EIFFEL TOWER

Going up the Eiffel tower
means walking up all the way
to the second platform
if you don’t have a ticket beforehand
and want to wait in the shortest line
at the south tier, which still takes an hour.
That is after you stood in line
and went through security
to get onto the square under the tower.
So the line takes an hour at least.
Then it costs 7 Euro per adult, 5 if you’re under 19,
3 under 10. That’s for walking up.
And we had walked all the way from the Louvre.
Through the Tuileries, took a left at the Obelisk
to get over the Seine. The Orangerie museum
looks interesting. We had already seen sculptures
by Germaine Richier and others in the Tuileries park.
I remember a sculpture by her in Bilbao at the art museum.
Would have loved to get a closer look in the Tuileries,
but they don’t let you walk on the grass. Weird sculptures,
not at all like the one in Bilbao. We had of course seen the Venus of Milo
and the winged Nike of Samothrake. No, those aren’t cereals.
And a hermaphrodite, son of Hermes and Aphrodite,
merged with a Nymph by Zeus at her urgent request.
Yes, male and female organs. Many, many Aphrodites,
many clothed, actually. Artemis, Pallas,
and all the men. Marsyas, soon to be flayed.
Not to speak of the paintings. Or the old Egypt stuff,
very well organized, shows daily life, work
and many, many details
from 4000 years ago and so on. Better than in Vienna.
Lots of busts and other stuff from Palmyra,
many other places in Syria. Yemen, too.
A whole room from Palmyra.
Anyway, up on the Eiffel tower.
Thousands of people up there at night.
Very special feeling. We had lunched in the park,
there is a place with benches on a little hill
very close to the tower. Yuhuan started sketching,
Including the lamppost in front of us. Everyone else flew
paper planes and ate and drank what was there
from the small supermarket
around the corner. Lunch at seven thirty or eight.
We came home to the hotel at two o’clock in the morning.
Subway at Bir Hakeim, not very close.
But interesting and working late. Some people get in free.
We are content with smuggling in a small child every time.
People ask for centimes when they’re asking for money.
Very polite, actually. Centimes, from the old currency.
Probably means fifty Euro cents now. I think one was asking for less
when I had my hands full this morning with groceries from the bakery
after getting up before noon. No, you don’t really notice
the permanent state of emergency
more than the propaganda for 2024,
for the Olympics. They made a deal with Los Angeles, right?
One comes first, one four years later.
Whatever. Should really eat something now.

MW August 2017



MONA LISA

八月 15, 2017

MONA LISA

the smiling one
is well protected
she hangs forever
in a brand-new prison
supported by Nippon Television
visited daily
by millions of people
all of them mortal
no-one cares if they smile
except some of them
for a very short while

MW August 2017


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