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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



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OLYMPIA-PAPAGEI: 伊沙 Yi Sha

四月 17, 2015

Yi Sha 《奥运鹦鹉》
OLYMPIA-PAPAGEI

eines tages komm ich von draußen
geh durch den hof
von einem balkon
fragt mich ein bariton:
“bist du ein olympischer fackelträger?”

instinktiv
will ich antworten
aber da stimmt etwas nicht
das war nicht der herr dieser wohnung
– ein fanatischer sportfan
– es ist ein häßlicher papagei
papageien haben doch kinderstimmen?
wieso ist der ein bariton?
allen wesen will ich freund sein
deshalb sag ich ehrlich: “nein.”
aber der papagei ist kein freund,
gibt zurück: “nein – schwachkopf!”

die olympiade rückt jeden tag näher
das vieh wird immer lebendiger
sogar etwas hysterisch
heute morgen sieht er mich
und kommt mit fließendem englisch
(englisch ist immer die sprache der vögel)
ONE WORLD ONE DREAM
ich bin ein rachsüchtiger mensch
denk noch an den “schwachkopf”
also sag ich ihm: “FUCK!”

nachher schreit er die ganze zeit: “FUCK! FUCK! FUCK!”
die lieben frauen im hof die ihn schon adoptiert haben
springen wie von einem erdbeben

2008
Übers. v. MW im April 2015

 

《奥运鹦鹉》

那天我从外面回来
穿过小区大院
从一楼某户人家的
阳台前走过时
有个男中音冲我问话:
“你是奥运火炬手吗?”

出于本能
我刚想开口作答
但发现情况不对
跟我搭讪的不是这家主人
——那个狂热的体育迷
——而是一只丑鹦鹉
鹦鹉不都是童声吗
怎么变成男中音啦
与畜牲为善
我便如实作答:“不是。”
这只鹦鹉不厚道
回报以:“不是——笨蛋!”

奥运日益迫近
这厮愈加活跃
甚至有几分张狂
今天早晨看见我
竟操着一口流利的英语
(英语本来就是鸟语嘛)
One  World   One  Dream
我这人报复心重
想起上次这厮骂我“笨蛋”
便随口回了一句:Fuck!

然后它就一直在那儿骂:Fuck!Fuck!Fuck!
搞得院子里那些已经把它认作干儿子的闲妇
逃得像地震了一样快

TO THE MEMORY OF THE OLYMPICS – 唐欣

五月 7, 2014

Tang Xin
TO THE MEMORY OF THE OLYMPICS

At the height of summer, Olympics in Spain
Crazed citizens, day & night watching TV
Disgusting extremes, disturbing my dreams
I’d rather stay calm, you could say
I would not be in spasms
I prefer gentle exertions
Instead of tiring yourself spitting blood
Like some kind of monster. I hate repetition.
I don’t want to watch people shouting exulted
Like raging idiots, lunatic movements
Nazis, Cultural Revolution

Although I’m yearning for the old Greeks
Natural people, clear autumn skies
Beautiful bodies, running in freedom
Nothing like that today I’m afraid

I don’t yearn for the strong, for the muscled
For the nimble champions
No, to be strong and mighty means in my language
You could be frail and weak in your body
But if you are like Hu Shi, Zhou Zuoren
You are a hero, a really great person

Go to sleep, my compatriots
Or is the national anthem your opium?
After they win three hundred gold medals
You are an invalid just like before
Go cook yourself a mung bean soup
To clear your senses

At the height of summer, Lanzhou is not too bad
Ignore the papers, no idle talking
Crickets at noon, frogs in the night
With time for reading, and a good sleep

Tr. MW, April 2014


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