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29, MARX & MOON

六月 4, 2018

 

29

I don’t know but I’ve been told,
I am 52 years old.

I was young when it happened.
We were all young, those who remember.
Those who died, they stay young.
Even he who died last year.

I was in Taiwan.
I am from Austria.
Many things happened 29 years ago.

I hate Beijing Tian’anmen.
Everyone hates that stupid song,
everyone who knows.

Actually that place is history.
It’s a cool city.
I remember riding my bicycle
through the gate in 2008.

In the late 1990s people flew kites on the square.

They demolished the South Gate,
the whole quarter.
The city, most of it.
Every city.

Still, you could ride through the gate.
Now even the subway entrance is blocked.

Back then the world saw the true face.
Now security shows its true face,
so everyone knows.
Does it help?

MW June 4th, 2018

 

梦见马克思

昨晚梦见马克思。
所有人都是马克思。
老少男女大家都叫这个姓名。
人家街上互相都这样打招呼,没什么奇怪。
梦里好像是英语或德语。
大家叫 MARX,就一个音节。
不分姓名。
我们每一个人都叫马克思,整个城市。
不知道哪个具体的地方。
没有我,只有我们。
在梦里很自然。

2018/5

 

DREAMING OF MARX

Dreamt of Marx last night.
Everyone was Marx.
Young and old, male and female, all the same name.
On the street people hailed each other “Marx!”
I guess the dream was in German or English.
Just one name, only one syllable.
Nothing else.
Everyone of us throughout the city.
Not sure which city actually.
No me, only us.
In this dream it was very natural.

MW May 2018

 

DER MOND IST AUFGEGANGEN

der mond ist aufgegangen
der mond ist heut orange
geht über kränen auf
der park ist voll von kindern
es ist bald 10 am abend
doch morgen schlafen alle lang

denn morgen ist fronleichnam
ein feiertag ein großer
mit großer prozession
und jedenfalls viel ruhe
und weniger getue
und auch ein bisschen sommer schon

wir stolzen menschenkinder
sind eitel arme sünder
und wissen gar nicht viel
wir spinnen luftgespinste
und suchen viele künste
und kommen weiter von dem ziel

mond lass dein heil uns schauen
auf nichts vergänglichs trauen
nicht eitelkeit uns freun
lass uns einfältig werden
und vor dir hier auf erden
wie kinder frech und fröhlich sein

so legt euch denn ihr brüder
in gottes namen nieder
kalt ist der abendhauch
wir wollen alle schlafen
denn wir sind müde affen
und unsre kranken nachbarn auch

MW Mai 2018

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TIAN’ANMEN PARADE 天安門閱兵

八月 17, 2015
Picture by Thomas Wong

Picture by Thomas Wong

TIAN’ANMEN

even after tian’anmen
tian’anmen wasn’t always oppressive
you could fly a kite
then came the tanks
in 2009
for the 50th anniversary
of the liberation
this year they celebrate into september
beating the japanese
at least getting rid of them
I’m sure there will be
perfect command
of dancing children
no kites and no pigeons
at least for a while

MW August 2015

伊沙译维马丁诗《想象》IMAGINE

Imagine

想象 IMAGINE

一月 23, 2014

IMAGINE
you might as well give up the ghost
of a chance for change in this land
change has been very fast in this land for a while
you won’t recognize a road or a house
or a street is gone that you knew very well
a decade ago or maybe a week.
sometimes the wind clears up the smog
and you can see the sky, or even the hills
and the ranges farther afield with the walls.
there are no wars. this land is peaceful.
the army is the largest by far. there are no tanks.
a tank was burnt and some soldiers were killed.
imagine there’s no heavenly peace
and no rulers above us.
there is only sky and a kite and the doves.
it’s easy if you try.
imagine all the people …
MW January 2014

《想象》

你不妨放弃在这片土地上
寻机改变什么的梦魇
在这片土地上,变化如此之快
你会不辨旧路或老屋
或一条你所熟悉的街道已经消失
十年前,或许是一周前。
偶尔,清风吹散了雾霾
你能够看见蓝天,甚至山峦
以及更加辽远的长城。
并无战争。这片土地宁静和平。
军队是最庞大的怪物。没有坦克。
坦克被烧毁,士兵被杀戮。
想象没有天安……
没有统治者骑在我们头上。
只有天空、风筝和鸽子。
这很容易,你不妨试试。
想像众生……

2014.1
(伊沙 译)


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