TRANSLATION OF MY POEMS INTO CHINESE

Recently a reader in Toronto translated two of my poems into Chinese. I think her translation are excellent, and is worthy of a new post rather than under the appropriate title. LIU May Ling confided to me that in the past, she had translated Buck’s The good Earth into Chinese. I read the English version many years ago. I am posting the first two here, Niagara Falls & Musing in the Morning, to increase Chinese readership and participation. However, I am not Chinese educated and can only reply to comments in English.

《 NIAGARA FALLS 》

At the Horseshoe,
在馬蹄,
voluminous, voluptuous,
浩如煙海妖嬈.
downpour,
瓢潑大雨.
worshippers from all over,
來自各地的崇拜者,
congregate to adore,
聚集有愛.
the raging rapids, the thunderous torrent
洶湧的激流,雷鳴般的洪流中.
beat her drum. The smoky mist stirs up her charm.
擊起她的鼓,烟熏的霧激起了她的魅力.
The water glitters, splashes,
濺起閃亮的水花.
her luster, her pristine beauty.
她的光澤,她的原始之美,
pride across the continents.
整個大洲的驕傲.
Dare to crash ,
敢於崩潰,
her bottom, by boat,
她的根底於船.
Or walk at the Edge of Fall,
或走在瀑布的边缘,
risk just to get near, feel the thrill,
風險走近,僅為感受的快感,
of life. The seduction thaws
生活. 暖和的誘惑,
the ice of mundane,
那冰凍的世俗.
The wild has power,
野外有力量.
brings hot blood in cold routine,
在那冷凍常式帶來一股熱血.

MUSING IN THE MORNING

《沉思在早上》

Queue up at a Singapore food stall;
排隊在新加坡飲食攤販;
My joints crack by the slow crawl.
我的關節裂聲緩慢爬行.
Here, the porridge-dish is the best;
在這裡的粥菜是最好的;
Juicy meatballs salivate down the chest.
多汁的肉丸垂涎下胸膛.
A cup of kopi-o to uplift the morning spirit;
一杯咖啡隆起早上精神.
Day’s merit is sustained by good habit.
整天精力持續良好常態.
Flip through the pages for home news;
通過翻閱首頁的新聞錄;
View rapes, robberies and racial abuse.
查看强奸抢劫种族虐待.
Unable to find a page worthy of reading;
無法尋找值得閱讀頁面;
The trash hurts the eyes and unnerving.
傷眼癈物新聞讓人不安.
Tears that braggarts fill the cabinet;
眼中淚水充滿靜暗自流;
Discard and wrap them with blankets
毛氈子包著並將它棄掉.

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