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苏珊娜--安妮.波特

已有 48 次阅读2017-3-19 16:31 |个人分类:2017|系统分类:诗歌

医院里没有人
能说出
那个叫苏珊娜的
老女人的年龄

我只知道她会说些英语
她是一位移民
来自一个
被军队蹂躏的小国家

因为她没有访客
我会顺便拜访她一下
但她总是睡着

所有我能做的
就是拿出她的梳子
小心翼翼低理清
她纠缠一起的头发

一天她醒来时
我就在她旁边
睁开她漆黑的眼睛
露出令人惊奇的清澈

她看着我,说
你想知道真相吗?
我回答 是的

她说那是
我妈妈给我讲的事情

我们的整个身体
没有一寸
上帝不爱

她接着重新入睡。
Nobody in the hospital
Could tell the age
Of the old woman who
Was called Susanna

I knew she spoke some English
And that she was an immigrant
Out of a little country
Trampled by armies

Because she had no visitors
I would stop by to see her
But she was always sleeping

All I could do
Was to get out her comb
And carefully untangle
The tangles in her hair

One day I was beside her
When she woke up
Opening small dark eyes
Of a surprising clearness

She looked at me and said
You want to know the truth?
I answered Yes

She said it’s something that
My mother told me

There’s not a single inch
Of our whole body
That the Lord does not love

She then went back to sleep.
“Susanna” by Anne Porter from Living Things. © Zoland Books, 2006. Reprinted with permission.

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