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最近几首诗

(2019-01-27 01:22:02)
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最近几首诗

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This morning
I saw the sunrise
with a song on my lips.
Actually
I saw
the sky beginning to change,
nothing red
yet,
and went back to bed.
It's weekend.
One hour later
the sun was coming
and I got up
to make breakfast.

As for the song,
my daughter's high school
had an amateur concert last night.
There was See the Light
from Tangled
and other stuff.
One girl sang Tina Turner,
she has a great voice.
Maia sings in the choir.
It must be wonderful to teach these kids.
At least we all had that impression,
which means it worked.

MW January 2019



20


20 years ago I wrote my first Chinese poem.
It was in Chongqing. "Wanbao, wanbao!"
That's what they cry, all over China. Every afternoon.
"Evening news, evening news!"
Evening paper, every town has one.
Some have morning papers, those are called Zaobao,
most of them.
"Get your evening paper!"
Anyway, "wanbao, wanbao!"
could mean late retribution. Bào, what comes back, gets back,
a report. Wan, late. Zao, early.

"Wanbao, wanbao!"
Chongqing was the wartime capital.
Jiefang bei, liberation monument, is the city center.
It's not from 1945 or 1949,
it's from the 1930s or so.
Most people don't know exactly.
Emancipation column. One of my students called it that.
Kang Di, think it was her.
Emancipation in German means women's lib.
"Emanzipationssäule".
I was teaching German.
Women's Liberation Monument.
Women's Rights Monument.
She didn't know emancipation means many things.
Didn't want to correct her.
Another essay was about marriage.
Were they really so conservative, our elders,
when they married a stranger,
when they slept with a stranger they had never seen before?
Good question.
Good essays, especially the girls, the young women.

"Wanbao, wanbao!"
In Beijing it sounded more like "wanbo!", although Beijing supposedly
is where Mandarin comes from.
"Wanbao, wanbao!"
Chongqing is a hilly city. No bicycles. What did they do, back in the 1960s,
1970s, '80s, when no-one had a car?
They had porters, for the steep slopes with the stairs,
I guess they're still there.
"Bang-bang", people for hire.
They bang on their tools, bang their tools together.
Bang-bang are men, but there are women porters.
Hong Ying's mother carried sand, rocks and gravel.
Daughter of Hunger, her most famous book.
Daughter of the River in English, it was a bestseller.
Hungry Daughter, Ji'e de nü'er.
That's right, they have a "ü", just like in German,
and like in Turkish. Ürümqi, city in China,
nowadays governed like North Korea.
Many re-education camps. They had prisons in Chongqing,
Liao Yiwu was in there,
another famous writer from China.
Didn't know him then. But Chongqing is about war and imprisonment.
Lieshimu, that's the address
of our university. We taught German and English.
Two universities, one foreign languages,
the other law and police. Law and politics. Yes, they are not separated.

"Wanbao, wanbao!" No zaobao in Chongqing,
although I'm not sure now.
Lie-shi-mu, Martyr's Grave.
Geleshan, Gele Mountain, right behind our college,
other side of the train tracks.
Someone was murdered there, some gambling debt.
Students died, one or two every few months.
Nice walks on Geleshan, very peaceful, really.
"Wanbao, wanbao!" Every city in China.
Nowadays people have cell phones,
but there are printed newspapers and magazines.
And printed books, there is no crisis.

"Wanbao, wanbao!" Late reports, late reports.
From the guns. Or whatever.
Karma. Shan means good, doing good.
A Buddhist word. Shan you shanbao,
doing good has good returns.
Wouldn't that be nice?
But teachers believe it, teachers and parents,
again and again, otherwise you go crazy.

They went crazy too, war and famine,
all the way till 1961, '62. When Hong Ying was born.
No, also 1969,
Cultural Revolution, like civil war.
Shan you shan-bao,
good deeds, good returns.
"Shan you shanbao, e you e-bao."
E like in Urgh! Like something disgusting, that's what it means.
Ur yow ur-pow, something like that. But more like b.
Eh yow e-bao. Yes, "e" like ur. "You" like yo-uw.
Shàn you shànbào, è you èbao.
Do good for good returns,  do bad stuff for bad returns.
Not that it doesn't come back, time isn't ripe.
That's how it goes on.

You throw the boomerang, boomerang doesn't come back,
they tell you wait, it'll come back.
Karma.
And so I wrote a Buddhist newspaper poem.
Bu shì bu bào, shíhou wei dào.
Wei like in Ai Weiwei, "ei" like in Beijing.
Wei means not yet, that's his name. Really.
"Wei" like the future.
His father was the most famous Communist poet
of the People's Republic. Imprisoned in the 1930s,
maybe in Chongqing. Then again under Mao.
Exiled to Xinjiang, North Korea today, re-education camps.
Desert, somewhere between Dunhuang and Ürümqi,
what was the town? It's a big city now.
Ai Weiwei grew up in a hole in the ground, with his brother.
They are both artists. Anyway, where was I?

Bu shì bu bào, shíhou wei dào.
Not that it doesn't come back, time isn't ripe.
Emancipation monument.
MLK day, I have a dream.
They had to memorize the whole speech,
in schools in China, 1970s.
Maybe earlier too, maybe till now.
Good deeds, good returns.
Bad deeds, bad returns.
The Chinese Dream.
Not that it doesn't come back.
Zao you zaobao, wan you wanbao.
Morning has morning papers, evening has evening news.
Early deeds, early returns.
Late deeds, late returns.
Late returns after gambling.
Famous party secretary, famous police chief,
they are in prison now. Or one is dead?
Killed a British guy, now they imprison Canadians.
Anyway, my poem.

Wanbao, wanbao!
Wanbao, wanbao!

Zao you zaobao,
wan you wanbao.

Bushi bu bao, shihou wei dao.

Actually the saying goes on, the Buddhist Karma.
Once time is ripe, everything comes back.
You don't need to say that. People know.

晚报,晚报!

早有早报,晚有晚报。
不是不报,时候未到!

MW January 2019



《20年前的晚报》

20年前写了第一首中文诗
在重庆教德语,妻子教英语
她刚硕士毕业,关于秦始皇
在中国近三十年的中学课本
等于最早的课本现在五十年了,
也许更早。
我们在四川外语学院,在烈士墓
正式叫四川外国语大学,
那时候外国人并不多。

晚报,晚报!

早有早报,晚有晚报。
不是不报,时候未到!

1999/1 - 2019/1


《手机》

维马丁(奥地利)

我想我已经拥有它七年了。
四年前跟伊沙在佛蒙特时已有。
四年半,感觉像永远。
是LG,韩国品牌吗?
当然是中国制造的,从未查过。
无法拍照,镜面被刮伤了。
否则就挺好,
微信很管用,
让我用了这么长久。
感觉我在中国时也用过,
2008年及其之前。
但我知道智能手机是新生事物
十年前,甚至九年前才出现。
爸爸,你什么时候拿到你的第一台手机?
在你2002年出生的时候。
妈妈先有了一台,当然是诺基亚。
有一阵子我们俩共用这一台。
那张斯芬克斯的照片,你在阴影中,
我人物简介的那张,
我用了一个更原始的手机拍的,
比这个更原始。
但阳光给力。

2019年1月

(伊沙、老G译)


PHONE 

Think I've had it for seven years.
Had it in Vermont four years ago.
Four and a half years, feels like forever.
It's LG, is that Korean? 
Made in China of course, never checked.
Can't take photos, lense is all scratched.
Otherwise it's fine, 
even WeChat works, 
far as I use it.
Feels like I've had it in China, 
2008 and before. 
But I know smartphones were new 
ten years ago, or even nine. 
When did you get your first mobile phone? 
When you were born, in 2002.
Mami had one first, of course a Nokia. 
For a while we used one between the two of us.
That photograph of the Sphinx, where you're in the shadow, 
the one from my profile, 
I took it with a more primitive phone, 
much more primitive than this one. 
But the sun was just right. 

MW January 2019


《三十》

今年三十年了
没什么进步
比那时还坏
尤其是最近两年了
很多新学习班
一直在扩大

罗马尼亚三十年前
很残忍
捷克斯洛瓦克三十年前
很丝绒,
他们很幸福。
三十年匈牙利奥地利之间
没有铁丝网
还是有了吗?

今年三十年了
也许没什么进步
反而退步
一共也许就这样说了
虽然经济有进步
虽然科技有进步
有地方一开始最严重
到了九九年一直打到中国
但还有地方
这两年最严重
每天都更坏了
不过大家还尽量
不当一回事

2019/1


《偉大》

偉大的偉大們
犧牲了幾千萬人
沒犧牲自己。
犧牲的人沒有再站起來。
不是打仗犧牲的,
和平時代活活餓死。
幾年過後
讓年輕人打一些自己人,
沒有再站起來。
還打倒文化,
文化很難再站起來,
也許比富裕更難。
還剩下沒有餓死的詩人
寫偉大的詩。
記得吧,沒有偉大的新偉大門
就沒有新空話。

2018/12


MOON IS HIGH


moon's very high up on the sky
sun doesn't make it up there in winter
he's much too heavy
moon's very high up in the sky

MW December 2018


NOTHING


there is nothing better than light in the morning
there is nothing better than light in the night
and darkness
and quiet

there is nothing better than to hold you
always

nothing better than holding each other
nothing but nothing
is lighter than light

MW December 2018

最近几首诗



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