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摇摆的夜--迈克尔.布鲁门萨尔

已有 12432 次阅读2014-11-18 15:44 |个人分类:Michael Blumenthal|系统分类:诗歌

可能是星星或满月
或我身旁你的呼吸,也许
它只是古老的,熟悉的躁动不安的手
领着我离开水面,但今夜
某个东西摇落我的睡眠
而且,像想念丈夫的的一位老寡妇
我走进客厅,摇晃着走进
一场模糊的回忆。裸体,一只手拿起
一瓶酒,渴望另一半世界的清晰,
我来回摇晃着,我看见过的样子
老水手在疗养院里摇动,风逝了。
我把这屋子里的东西列表--
盐,胡椒,书籍,一个空酒杯--
它们糟糕,尘俗的供应食品,
我熟悉那个,而我坐在这儿摇晃,
我大腿依附到这抛光的木头上,
你正躺在床上,我身体的形状
印到床单上的样子,一位牺牲者的血
保持一次事故的形状,你或许,
梦着爱一个永远不离开你的男人,
我是一位摇摆的男人
在这张椅子上,看着移动的时时刻刻
潮来潮往,焦躁不安的离港,异教徒
不断地回归。我继续摇摆着直到,
终于,这瓶酒干尽,我从椅子上
剥下我的背,回到床上
古老海滩上的睡眠者返回
把身体印在沙子上的样子,我又睡了,
知道你会在早晨醒来,把你的小手
伸向我,原谅我
就如沙滩原谅这永不止息的潮水,
就如一位老寡妇原谅她死去的丈夫的搅打。
It could be the stars or the full moon 
or your breathing beside me, or perhaps  
it is merely the old, familiar hand of restlessness  
leading me from the water, but something  
shakes me from sleep this night  
and, like an old widow who misses her husband,  
I go to the living room and rock my way  
to a vague remembering. Naked, a bottle of wine 
in one hand, a hunger for clarity in the other, 
I rock forward and back, the way I’ve seen  
old sailors rocking in rest homes, the wind gone. 
I take an account of the things in the room— 
salt, pepper, books, an empty wine glass— 
their terrible, relieving mundanity,  
and I know that, as I sit here and rock, 
my thighs clinging to the polished wood, 
you are lying in bed, the shape of my body 
pressed to the sheets the way a victim’s blood 
holds the shape of an accident, and you are, 
perhaps, dreaming of loving a man who is not  
always leaving you, and I am a man rocking  
who sees in the small movements of this chair  
the comings and goings of tide, the departures  
of the restless, and the constant returnings  
of the infidel. And I go on rocking until,  
finally, the bottle is empty, and I peel  
my back from the chair, return to the bed 
the way an old beach sleeper returns to the print 
of his body in sand, and I sleep again, 
knowing you will wake in the morning, stretch 
your small hands toward me, forgiving me 
as sand forgives the restlessness of tide, 
as an old widow forgives the beatings of her dead husband.

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