cicada étude 2 remaindered (for Bob Read, d. 20001101)

Remaindered
(for Bob Read, died Nov 1, 2000)

乾称父,坤称母,予兹藐焉,乃混然中处
Heaven is father, Earth is mother, I this tiny being, am mixed in the midst of it all.
《西铭》张载/ from “Western Inscription” by Zhang Zai

Now that you’ve been dead
These ten long years,
I think it’s time we talked,
You cock-mad boy,
Wild for the touch of men,
Your lust for life
Burned you alive,
Leaving us to warm ourselves
Over your ashes,
On your half-remembered graces,
Leaving us to attempt alone
Our awkward waltzes.
I’ve made so many missteps
I could complain
It is hard to move gracefully
With one foot in the grave,
Yet you did it,
Made your dance to the graveyard
So uniquely your own,
Knowing
The sky is your father,
The earth is your mother,
And even at the very end,
As you so reluctantly left,
The universe enfolded you,
Somewhere in the small corners
Of the chaos called our hearts.

AGG20110202

Here is Grace Lin‘s translation of Remaindered into Chinese:

现在你已经离去
如此漫长的十年
想起我们说过的
这狂牛般的男孩
为男人抚触撒野
你对生命的饥渴
活活将你燃烧
留我们独自取暖
在你的骨灰之上
在你被半分惦记的优雅之上
留我们独自试图
怪异的华尔兹
我踏错许多步伐
我大可抱怨
步伐优雅多困难
当一脚踩进坟墓
然而你做到了
以舞步迈向坟地
那般独特属于你
知道
乾称父
坤称母
即便在最末时刻
你迟疑不愿离去
宇宙将你拥抱
在某一细微角落
我们的心嘈杂的呼唤中

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4 thoughts on “cicada étude 2 remaindered (for Bob Read, d. 20001101)

  1. Pingback: bird étude 1 two different worlds | tankawanka

    • Thanks, I’ve been exploring ways to resurrect writing from 10, 20 or even thirty years ago and let it live beside current compositions. Bob was a great friend, sorely missed by many people. (Keep the film reviews coming.)

  2. Pingback: Your heart chaotic | tankawanka

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