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Category: Fiona Sze-Lorrain

七月漫游 ("Wandering in July")

七月, 回到南方的杉树林
遇见了寒鸦
和草尖上的一滴血。什么东西走过去了
梅雨期,轻描淡写,留不住
一个身体的温度⋯⋯我在深夜的井边哭泣
听见了山后
大雁的声音。我经过的
都是些短暂的
永恒?我重又抵达这个地点,却已不再是
那个时间⋯⋯你还好吗
你们还好吗⋯⋯但愿
群山深处
我的亲人和朋友呵
在我居无定所的形骸里,继续生长
在万物中安然无恙——

   ♦  ♦  ♦

July, back to fir woods in the south

crossing paths with a jackdaw

and a drop of blood on grass tip. Whatever in passing—

plum rain season, an understatement—can’t restrain

a body’s temperature… I weep by the well late at night

listen to voices

of wild geese behind the mountain. Is what I pass by

some transient

eternity? I arrive again at this place, but no longer

of that time… How have you been

How have you all been… May

my kin and friends

deep in the mountains

in my rootless body, continue to grow

safe and sound in the universe—

from Poetry NorthwestMore by Fiona Sze-Lorrain from the libraryMore by Ye Lijun from the library

Copyright © Ye Lijun. English translation and bios copyright © Fiona Sze-Lorrain, 2017.
Used with the permission of the author on behalf of Poetry Northwest.

山上的小屋 ("A Mountain Hut")

是风, 在拍打着杉树皮的屋顶
我总是埋着头。屋子外面,许多草叶
越过了栅栏
在山中奔跑。风声里,我总是
忘记了时间
或者季节。那握住
又松开的掌心,纵横交错的
命运——我记得,我有过五月
和蓝色星空下作出的诺言
我曾经归来⋯⋯一次又一次
在后院
埋下了种子、错失和爱

   ♦  ♦  ♦

Wind whacks the fir-bark roof

and I bow my head low. Outside my house, grass and leaves

arch over fences

and sprint up the mountains. In the wind, time

or season

slips my mind. Palm clenches

and loosens, an intertwined

destiny—I remember how I pulled through May

and made a promise under the stellar sky

I have returned . . . Again and again

in the backyard

I plant seeds, mistakes, love

from Poetry NorthwestMore by Fiona Sze-Lorrain from the libraryMore by Ye Lijun from the library

Copyright © Ye Lijun. English translation and bios copyright © Fiona Sze-Lorrain, 2017.
Used with the permission of the author on behalf of Poetry Northwest.

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