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弥撒上的小夫妻--阿尔伯特.加西亚

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发表于 2016-8-23 15:23:05 | 显示全部楼层 |阅读模式
在弥撒上,刚结婚的小夫妻
手牵手坐在教堂长椅上。对教区不熟悉,
他们坐在一对长者的前面,
四十年的婚姻,带着肥皂的气味,
后面,他们八岁的一个家人
斜靠在座位下面盯着
许多脚踝和鞋子。

他们感觉招眼,不自在--
熟悉四周的圣母塑像和耶稣受难的苦路十四处画像,
还有他们周围忠实的眼睛里看见的物体。
感觉真切。在她脖颈的底部,就在她的短袖衫的
短袖之下,她的皮肤
是风华正茂的健康的褐色。好得不像话。
这位四个孩子的妈妈,三个长椅后面
感觉到过道对面,淡黄色头发下
有不雅的东西
他们的肩膀贴到一起的样子。

他们圣餐仪式站起时,
那位年轻人把他的手
放到了她妻子的腰背部
引领着她进入过道。
方肩,平头,
他就走在队列里,跟在她后面几英寸
尽管合唱赞美诗,她还是听见了他的呼吸声。
At Mass the just-married couple
hold hands in the pew. New to the parish,
they sit in front of an elderly pair,
soapy scent of a 40-year marriage,
and behind a family whose eight-year-old
leans under the seats to stare
at the many ankles and shoes.

They feel noticeable, awkward—
familiar amid the statue
of the Virgin and stations of the cross,
yet objects of the faithful eyes
around them. It’s true. At the base
of her neck and just below the short sleeves
of her blouse, her skin
blooms tan and healthy. It’s too much.
The mother of four three pews back
and across the aisle senses
something indecent in that sun-blonde hair
and the way their shoulders touch.

When they stand for Communion,
the young man places his hand
on the small of his wife’s back
to usher her into the aisle.
Square shoulders and crewcut,
he walks in line just inches behind her.
Despite the choir, she hears him breathing
“Young Couple at Mass” by Albert Garcia from A Meal Like That. © Brick Road Press, 2015. Reprinted with permission.

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