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一个开始的地方--约翰.丹尼尔

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发表于 2013-4-29 15:27:29 | 显示全部楼层 |阅读模式
你需要一个理由,任何理由--滑雪,一份电影中的工作,
      《金门大桥》。
带着你的理由,向西行驶,经过落基山脉。
当你厌倦光秃秃的小丘,干燥的平原,和远方时,
       在任何地方停下
忘记你认为你要去的地方。

咔塔咔塔越过水沟中的啤酒罐。
如果有篱笆,试试你的运气--它们阻止不了奶牛。
循着你看见的第一只鹰,当山艾绊倒你时,
在起床之前好好看看。
到达无人管理的沙漠。

碾碎杜松,呼吸这种气味,喷到你脸上。
当你思忖你为何在此时,尽可能地大喊
不要回望。
你的双脚学会了步行

承认你害怕黑暗。
浸透在粗糙的岩石的温暖中,地衣皮。
风不和你交谈。不管怎样聆听。
让草原狼的嚎叫点燃你心中的火
记住可怕的星星之歌--你从前就了解它,
在你出生之前

讲述一个太阳为什么回来的故事。
安静地坐到放弃渴望,蜥蜴不理你。
一头大耳黑尾鹿把你定格在她的眼睛中
一遍遍地解释着自己。忘了这一切
当一只瘦小的樫鸟尖叫时
想象太阳,天空,还有风,上述事物,
覆盖在你四散的白骨上

You need a reason, any reason—skiing, a job in movies,
      the Golden Gate Bridge.
Take your reason and drive west, past the Rockies.
When you're bored with bare hills, dry flats, and distance,
      stop anywhere.
Forget where you thought you were going.

Rattle through the beer cans in the ditch.
If there's a fence, try your luck—they don't stop cows.
Follow the first hawk you see, and when the sagebrush
      trips you, take a good look before you get up.
The desert gets by without government.

Crush juniper berries, breathe the smell, smear your face.
When you wonder why you're here, yell as loud
      as you can and don't look behind.
Walk. Your feet are learning.

Admit you're afraid of the dark.
Soak the warmth from scabrock, cheek to lichen.
The wind isn't talking to you. Listen anyway.
Let the cries of coyotes light a fire in your heart.
Remember the terrible song of stars—you knew it once,
      before you were born.

Tell a story about why the sun comes back.
Sit still until the itches give up, lizards ignore you,
      a mule deer holds you in her eyes.
Explain yourself over and over. Forget it all
      when a scrub jay shrieks.
Imagine sun, sky, and wind the same, over your
      scattered white bones.
"One Place to Begin" by John Daniel, from Of Earth. © Lost Horse Press, 2012. Reprinted with permission


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