Rita Dove | 丽塔·朵芙

 

 

English

 

TOU WAN SPEAKS TO HER HUSBAND, LIU SHENG

 

 

I will build you a house

of limited chambers

but it shall last

forever: four rooms

hewn in the side of stone

for you, my

only conqueror.

 

In the south room all

you will need for the journey

—a chariot, a

dozen horses—

opposite,

 

a figurine household

posed in servitude

and two bronze jugs, worth more

than a family pays in taxes

for the privilege to stay

alive, a year, together…

 

but you’re bored.

Straight ahead then, the hall

leading to you, my

constant

emperor. Here

when the stench of your

own diminishing

drives you to air (but

you will find none), here

an incense burner

in the form of the mountain

around you, where hunters pursue

the sacred animal

and the peaks are drenched

in sun.

 

For those times

in your niche when darkness

oppresses, I will set you

a lamp. (And a statue

of the palace girl you most

frequently coveted.)

 

And for your body,

two thousand jade wafers

with gold thread puzzled

to a brilliant envelope,

a suit to keep

the shape of your death—

 

when you are long light and clouds

over the earth, just as the legends prophesy.

 

中文

 

窦绾对夫君刘胜说

 

 

我将为你建造一座屋宇

房间有限

但将屹立

永世:四个空间

从石壁中凿出

为你受用,我的

唯一的征服者。

 

南耳室配备一切

你出行的需要

——一架车辇,

一队马匹——

对面,

 

一个陶佣

随时侍奉,

两只铜壶,比一家人

用于活命和短暂安定

所缴付的税金

更为昂贵……

 

然而你不知足。

往前,甬道

通向你,我的

每时每刻的

君王。你

在这里分解

散发的恶臭

把你驱向空气(却无处

可寻),还有

一盏香炉

形如环绕你的

博山,猎人在此

追捕神兽

而群峰在阳光中

沐浴。

 

想到那漫长的

壁龛中黑暗的

压迫,我将为你

置一盏灯。(执灯人

是你最为垂涎的

宫女的形象。)

 

至于你的躯体,

两千玉片

用金缕编缀

一个奇妙的口袋,

一件衣服

保存你死亡的形状——

 

你将成为大地上永恒的

光和云,如传说中所预言。

 

翻译 © 史春波

 

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