英文诗歌 | Love at First Sight 一见钟情

维斯拉瓦·辛波丝卡(Wislawa Szymborska),波兰女诗人。1996年诺贝尔文学奖得主。她是第三位获得诺贝尔文学奖的女诗人、第四位获得诺贝尔文学奖的波兰作家,也是当今波兰最受欢迎的女诗人。她的诗具有高度的严谨性及严肃性,在波兰拥有广大的读者群。

在这首诗里,我们看到人与人之间的微妙关系:两个素昧平生的人偶然相识,擦出火花,然而这真的是第一次相见吗?诗人使我们用全新的角度去看待疏离的人际关系,并且感受到一丝暖意和甜蜜。喜欢几米绘本《向左走,向右走》的朋友,一定不会忘记这首诗吧?

Love at First Sight
一见钟情

They’re both convinced
that a sudden passion joined them.
Such certainty is beautiful,
but uncertainty is more beautiful still.
他们彼此深信是瞬间迸发的热情让他们相遇
这样的确定是美丽的
但变幻无常更为美丽

Since they’d never met before, they’re sure
that there’d been nothing between them.
But what’s the word from the streets, staircases, hallways—
perhaps they’ve passed by each other a million times?
他们素未谋面所以他们确定彼此并无任何瓜葛
但是自街道、楼梯、大堂传来的话语
他们也许擦肩而过100万次了吧

I want to ask them
if they don’t remember—
a moment face to face
in some revolving door?
perhaps a “sorry” muttered in a crowd?
a curt “wrong number” caught in the receiver?—
but I know the answer.
No, they don’t remember.
我想问他们是否记得在旋转门面对面那一刹
或是在人群中喃喃道出的对不起
或是在电话的另一端道出的打错了
但是我早知道答案
是的,他们并不记得

They’d be amazed to hear
that Chance has been toying with them
now for years.
他们会很讶异原来缘分已经戏弄他们多年

Not quite ready yet
to become their Destiny,
it pushed them close, drove them apart,
it barred their path,
stifling a laugh,
and then leaped aside.
时机尚未成熟变成他们的命运
缘分将他们推进
距离阻挡他们的去路
忍住笑声
然后闪到一旁

There were signs and signals,
even if they couldn’t read them yet.
Perhaps three years ago
or just last Tuesday
a certain leaf fluttered
from one shoulder to another?
Something was dropped and then picked up.
Who knows, maybe the ball that vanished
into childhood’s thicket?
有一些迹象和信号存在
即使他们尚无法解读
也许在三年前或者就在上个星期二
有某片叶子飘舞于肩与肩之间?
有东西掉了又捡了起来?
天晓得,也许是那个消失于童年灌木丛中的球?

There were doorknobs and doorbells
where one touch had covered another
beforehand.
Suitcases checked and standing side by side.
One night, perhaps, the same dream,
grown hazy by morning.
还有事前已被触摸层层覆盖的门把和门铃
检查完毕后并排放置的手提箱
有一晚,也许同样的梦,
到了早晨变得模糊。

Every beginning
is only a sequel, after all,
and the book of events
is always open halfway through.
每个开始毕竟都只是续篇,
而充满情节的书总是从一半开始看起。

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