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Love at First Sight 一见钟情


Love at First Sight

By Wisawa Szymborska


They''re both convinced

that a sudden passion joined them. 

Such certainty is beautiful, 

but uncertainty is more beautiful still. 


Since they''d never met before, they''re sure

that there''d been nothing between them. 

But what''s the word from the streets, staircases, hallways - 

perhaps they''ve passed by each other a million times? 


I want to ask them

if they don''t remember - 

a moment face to face

in some revolving door? 

perhaps a "sorry" muttered in a crowd? 

a curt "wrong number" caught in the receiver? 

but I know the answer. 

No, they don''t remember. 


They''d be amazed to hear

that Chance has been toying with them

now for years. 


Not quite ready yet

to become their Destiny, 

it pushed them close, drove them apart, 

it barred their path, 

stifling a laugh, 

and then leaped aside. 


There were signs and signals, 

even if they couldn''t read them yet. 

Perhaps three years ago

or just last Tuesday

a certain leaf fluttered

from one shoulder to another? 

Something was dropped and then picked up. 

Who knows, maybe the ball that vanished

into childhood''s thicket? 


There were doorknobs and doorbells

where one touch had covered another

beforehand. 

Suitcases checked and standing side by side. 

One night, perhaps, the same dream, 

grown hazy by morning. 


Every beginning

is only a sequel, after all, 

and the book of events

is always open halfway through.


他们两人都相信。 

是一股突发的热情让他俩交会。 

这样的笃定是美丽的, 

但变化无常更是美丽的。 

 

 既然从未见过面,所以他们确定 

彼此并无任何瓜葛。 

但是听听自街道、楼梯、走廊传出的话语 

他俩或许擦肩而过一百万次了吧? 

 

我想问他们 

是否记不得了——— 

在旋转门 

面对面那一刻? 

或者在人群中喃喃说出的”对不起”? 

或者在听筒截获唐突的”打错了”? 

然而我早知道他们的答案了。 

是的,他们不记得了。 

 

他们会感到讶异,倘若得知 

缘分已经玩弄他们 

多年。 

尚未完全做好 

成为他们命运的准备, 

缘分将他们推近,驱离, 

憋住笑声 

阻挡他们的去路, 

然后闪躲到一旁。 


有一些迹象和信号存在, 

即使他们尚未无法解读。 

 

也许在三年前 

或者在上个星期二 

有某片叶子飘舞于 

肩与肩之间? 

有东西掉了又被捡了起来 

天晓得,也许是那个 

消失于同年灌木丛林的球? 

 

还有事前已被触摸 

层层覆盖的 

门把和门铃。 

 

检查完毕后并排放置的手提箱。 

有一晚也许同样的梦, 

到了早晨变得模糊。 

 

每个开始 

毕竟都只是续篇, 

而充满情节的书本 

总是从一半看起。  


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