That Night

Original in Chinese by Hwei-Yin Lin; English translation by orilili

That night, my boat was pushed off from the heart of the river; the clear, navy sky carried stars after stars.

That night, your hand was holding mine; the disoriented starry night boxed up the many things we had frowned upon.

That night was where our ways diverged; respectively, we took a kind of living to go on with.

Till now, my boat is still drifting on the sea surface, with its thin, fragile mast often wobbling in between gusts and choppy waters.

Till now, the sun shows his face only upon my back; layers of shadow halt in my surroundings.

Till now, I still recall the sky of that night; starlight, tears and river bank that was palest white.

Till now, your plantation on the bank still occupies my mind; red blossoms, yellow blossoms, with each of its fullest vitality.

One day, I wish to proceed all the way up to the top, to extract the dew of memories the way honey is made.

One day, I wish to be armed with an arrow which has feather wings on it, to target your garden with a full-bow shoot.

One day, should you hear singing that resembles a bird's, that would be me patiently anticipating your complement.

One day, should you see petals messed, that would be me breaking into the realm of once-upon-a-time.

 

那一晚
林徽因 作

那一晚我的船推出了河心,

澄藍的天上托着密密的星。

那一晚你的手牽着我的手,
迷惘的星夜封鎖起重愁。

那一晚你和我分定了方向,

兩人各認取個生活的模樣。

到如今我的船仍然在海面飄,

細弱的桅杆常在風濤裡搖。

到如今太陽只在我背後徘徊,

層層的陰影留守在我的周圍。

到如今我還記着那一晚的天,

星光,眼淚,白茫茫的江邊!

到如今我還想念你岸上的耕種:

紅花兒黄花兒朵朵的生動。

那一天我希望要走到了頂層,

蜜一般釀出那記憶的滋潤。

那一天我要跨上帶羽翼的箭,

望着你花園裡射一個滿弦。

那一天你要聽到鳥般的歌唱,

那便是我靜候着你的讚賞。

那一天你要看到凌亂的花影,

那便是我私闖入當年的邊境!

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