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圣诞诗--罗伯特.布莱

已有 12872 次阅读2015-12-23 15:36 |个人分类:2015的|系统分类:诗歌| Jackson, 杰克逊, 罗伯特, 马尾辫, 圣诞树

圣诞节是一个地点,像杰克逊霍尔,我们一致赞成
一年一次在此聚会。那里有水,喂马的草;
所有的皮草商人都能进来。我孩童时
参观过这个地方,但从未听说过精彩的故事。

那些故事只在大帐篷中被讲述,在深夜,
当时一位陷在自己圈套中的扑杀动物者,
忍受着冰冷的水,谈论;一个扎着马尾辫的人
和一个跛子从火焰边缘走进。

孩童时,我明白那个故事更多--
为什么有些人在圣诞节前夕喝醉
没有解释,也不知道为何我们经常
几乎要落泪,也不知道为什么星星几近要落下来,

为什么我们丧失了那么多呢。那些男人和女人
他们死在由别人发动的战争中,
他们在那夜会出现吗?为什么那棵圣诞树
只在我们打开礼物之前颤抖呢?

有一些关于天使的事情。我听见这大平原上空
甜美高歌的天使。
天使是确定无疑的。但我们不能确定
是否我们的家庭珍惜今晚。
注解:Jackson Hole,valley in northwestern Wyoming, east of the Teton Range and extending into Grand Teton National Park.

Christmas is a place, like Jackson Hole, where we all
      agree
To meet once a year. It has water, and grass for
      horses;
All the fur traders can come in. We visited the place
As children, but we never heard the good stories.

Those stories only get told in the big tents, late
At night, when a trapper who has been caught
In his own trap, held down in icy water, talks; and a
      man
With a ponytail and a limp comes in from the edge of
      the fire.

As children, we knew there was more to it —
Why some men got drunk on Christmas Eve
Wasn’t explained, nor why we were so often
Near tears nor why the stars came down so close,

Why so much was lost. Those men and women
Who had died in wars started by others,
Did they come that night? Is that why the Christmas
      tree
Trembled just before we opened the presents?

There was something about angels. Angels we
Have heard on high Sweetly singing o’er
The plain. The angles were certain. But we could not
Be certain whether our family was worthy tonight.
"A Christmas Poem” by Robert Bly from Morning Poems. © Harper Perennial, 1998. Reprinted with permission

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