Ten Years (To the Tune of Jiangchengzi)


 
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Ten Years (To the Tune of Jiangchengzi)
        Su Shi (1037-1101)

Ten years, ten years:nothingness
        between life and death.
I try not to think, but I forget not.
The solitary grave
        thousands of miles away. 
Where else can I tell
        the sorrow of my heart?
You would not recognize me if we met:
        my face dust-covered,
                my temples frost white.
Last night
        the dream brought me back
                to our old home, where,
                        by the small window,
                                you were applying your make-up.
We gazed at each other
        in silence
                our tears flowing.
It must be the same heart-breaking scene
        year after year,
                the bright moon night
                        the short pine hill.

    
 
Jiānɡ Chénɡ Zǐ
Sū Shì 1037-1101

Shínián shēnɡ sǐ liǎnɡ mánɡ mánɡ,
Bù sī liɑnɡ,
Zì nán wànɡ.
Qiānlǐ ɡūfén,
Wú chù huà qīliánɡ.
Zònɡ shǐ xiānɡfénɡ yīnɡ bù shí,
Chén mǎn miàn , bìn rú shuānɡ.

Yè lái yōumènɡ hū hái xiānɡ,
Xiǎo xuān chuānɡ,
Zhènɡ shūzhuānɡ.
Xiānɡ ɡù wú yán,
Wéi yǒu lèi qiānhánɡ.
Liào dé nián nián chánɡ duàn chù,
Mínɡ yuè yè,
Duǎn sōnɡ ɡānɡ.

 
Translator: Qiu Xiaolong 裘小龍

Notes:
Su passed the 10th anniversary of the death of his wife in exile in Huizhou, Guangdong Province. He wrote this poem in remembrance.

[大意]十年來,你我生死相隔,兩人茫茫不相知。不思念吧,卻始終也無法將你忘記。你的墳墓孤零零地遠在千里之外,我到哪裏去傾訴滿心的淒涼。縱然是再相逢你也許認不出我了,因為我已滿面風塵,鬢髮如霜。夜裏做了一個夢,恍惚間回到了心繫的故鄉,看見你正在小屋的窗前對鏡梳妝。我們深情相對竟無語凝噎,惟有淚水長流千行。料想得到,以後年年令我傷心斷腸的地方,就是明月下的夜晚,栽滿松樹你長眠的小山岡上。

 
 
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