Let Them Not Say

 

JANE HIRSHFIELD

 

 

Let them not say: we did not see it.
We saw.
 

Let them not say: we did not hear it.
We heard.
 

Let them not say: they did not taste it.
We ate, we trembled.
 

Let them not say: it was not spoken, not written.
We spoke,
we witnessed with voices and hands.
 

Let them not say: they did nothing.
We did not-enough.
 

Let them say, as they must say something: 
 

A kerosene beauty.
It burned.
 

Let them say we warmed ourselves by it,
read by its light, praised,
and it burned.

 

 

 

別讓他們說

 

簡·赫斯菲爾德

 

 

別讓他們說:我們視而不見。

我們親眼所見。

 

別讓他們說:我們充耳不聞。

我們親耳聽聞。

 

別讓他們說:那些人沒嘗過那滋味。

我們曾嚥下,曾發抖。

 

別讓他們說:一切不曾言明,不曾書寫。

我們曾開口,

曾用手和詞見證。

 

別讓他們說:那些人無能為力。

我們還沒有盡力。

 

而他們必將開口說話,請讓他們說:

 

那燈油之美

一度燃燒。

 

讓他們說我們曾以之取暖,

曾藉著那光亮閱讀,讚美,

它燃燒過。

 

翻译 © 史春波