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九头蛇--爱德华.菲尔德

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发表于 2013-7-5 09:38:15 | 显示全部楼层 |阅读模式
这个岛的名字的意思是水
没有其他希腊小岛有的神和庙;
它不是生着凶猛的头的怪物的栖息所,
或许它正好不在那里。

可是几个世纪之前,
似乎他从海中冒出,
人们看见山坡上的松树和石头
用石头造房子用树造船。

如鱼儿游泳的天性
轮船去航行;
如太阳升起一样自然
男孩子成长为英雄驾船去战争

这些男主角有勇无谋,
所以虽然他们勇敢做着令人惊异的事情
这些船终于沉了
这些帅气的男主角躺在海底。

战争结束了,赢得声名,这座小岛消停,
可是树不见了土壤被被刮入大海
房子开始崩溃,
毫无特色的这座岛在太阳下变白。

名字意思是水,可是现在甚至井也要干涸了
没有人期望岩石会再次长出树木,
而水轻轻推着它的海滨
等待着这座到安静地沉回海中。
This island whose name means water
Never had gods and temples as other Greek islands had;
It never was the home of monsters with ferocious heads,
And maybe it wasn't even there.

But a few centuries ago,
As though it had just risen from the sea,
Men saw stones and pine trees on the slopes
And with the stones made houses and with the trees made ships.

And as naturally as fish swim
The ships went sailing;
And as naturally as the sun rises
The boys grew into heroes and sailed to war.

But the heroes were foolhardy as heroes are,
So although they were brave and did amazing things
The ships were sunk at last
And the handsome heroes lay on the ocean floor.

Wars over, fame won, the island settled down,
But with the trees all gone the soil blew away to sea;
The houses began to crumble,
And the island bleached in the sun to anonymity.

The name means water, but now even the wells are drying
And no one expects the rock to grow trees again,
While the waters push gently on its shores
Waiting for the island to sink quietly back in the sea.
"Hydra" by Edward Field, from After the Fall. ? The University of Pittsburgh Press, 2007. Reprinted with permission.


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