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Your Childhood is a Village

4
Jul,2018
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Red is the sun’s most beautiful throne. Night is another candle. A moon, an old man, his seat is night and light is his walking stick. Your childhood is a village. You will never cross its boundaries no matter how far you go…

Excepted from Celebrating Childhood
庆祝童年(节选)

By Adonis
English translated by Khaled Mattawa
Chinese translated by Lily
作者:阿多尼斯
英译:哈立德·马塔瓦
汉译:黎历

Oh, my past days—
they used to walk in their sleep
and I used to lean on them.

哦,我过往的日子 –
它们曾经梦游
我曾经依偎它们

Love and dreams are two parentheses.
Between them I place my body
and discover the world.

爱与梦是两边的括号
其间我放置我的身体
并发现世界

Many times
I saw the air fly with two grass feet
and the road dance with feet made of air.

很多次
我看到天空用两只草脚飞翔
道路用天空制作的脚跳舞

My wishes are flowers
staining my days.

我的愿望是花朵
沁染我的日子

I was wounded early,
and early I learned
that wounds made me.

我早些时受伤了
很早我就知道
伤口创造了我

I still follow the child
who still walks inside me.

我依然跟着那个孩子
他依然走在我身体里面

Now he stands at a staircase made of light
searching for a corner to rest in
and to read the face of night again.

现在他站在光明制作的楼梯上
寻找一个角落休息
并再次阅读黑夜的容颜

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