黄灿然 | Huang Canran

 

 

中文

 

我们从哪里来

 

 

我也不知道书架上的灰尘

从哪里来,它们怎样出生,

怎样迁徙,在书本上生活多久了,

有些可能已有几年,有些昨天才到,

还有些刚在几分钟前抵达,

但此刻被我用除尘纸一抹,

便爬上它们通往另一种命运的交通工具:

我把除尘纸放进垃圾袋里,

明天会有卡车将它们运走。

 

English

 

WE’RE FROM WHERE

 

 

This dust on the bookshelves, who can say

where it’s from, how it entered the world,

how long it’s been here.

Years, some of it. Some yesterday,

some just now. One quick swipe

with fate’s paper towel, then the trash,

tomorrow’s truck, the hauling off.

 

trans. © Diana Shi & George O’Connell

 

more by Huang Canran

| Looking

炉火 | Hearth Fire

朝露 | Morning Dew

得失 | Balancing

炎阳 | Broiling Sun

来生 | Next Life

树荫起舞 | Shadow Dance

阳光是伟大的 | Sunlight

死神 | Death

认识 | Knowledge

Spring 2013

Linda Pastan | 琳达·帕斯坦

王家新 | Wang Jiaxin

Images © 莫非 | Mo Fei