Su Dongpo: Remembering You In a Dream

 

 

Su Dongpo: Remembering You In a Dream

 

江 城 子: 乙 卯 正 月 二 十 日 夜 記 夢
十 年 生 死 兩 茫 茫
不 思 量 , 自 難 忘 。
千 里 孤 墳, 無 處 話 凄 涼
縱 使 相 逢 應 不 識
塵 滿 面 , 鬢 如 霜。
夜 來 幽 夢 忽 還 鄉
小 軒 窗, 正 梳 妝。
相 顧 無 言, 惟 有 淚 千 行。
料 得 年 年 腸 斷 處
明 月 夜 ,短 松 岡。
Jiang Cheng Zi: Yi Mao Zheng Yue Er Shi Ri Ye Ji Meng

Shi nian sheng si liang mang mang
Bu si liang, zi nan wang.
Qian li gu fen, wu chu hua qi liang.
Zong shi xiang feng ying bu shi
Chen man mian, bin ru shuang.

Ye lai you meng hu huan xiang
Xiao xuan chuang, zheng shu zhuang.
Xiang gu wu yan, wei you lei qian hang.
Liao de nian nian chang duan chu,
Ming yue ye, duan song gang.

Remembering You In a Dream

After ten years we are on opposite sides of life and death
What is between you and me is boundless and vast
Do not have to try, the memories of you come naturally
Solitary grave one thousand li away, without your life and words,
it is cold and desolate
Even though we know each other, if we should ever meet again,
you wouldn’t recognize me
Dust covers me face, and it is in my hair like frost.

Night arrives, in a dream I suddenly go back to our hometown
At the veranda window, you are placing your hair ornaments and
putting on make-up
We look at each other without words, only have one thousand lines of tears
I expect that every year to have to deal with this heart-breaking time
Bright moonlit night on the short pine trees along the ridge,
near me and also near your grave.

 

Notes:

Written for his first wife, Huang Fo on 20 January 1075.

Li: One half of one kilometer

2 thoughts on “Su Dongpo: Remembering You In a Dream”

  1. The poet is trying to make sense of what happened last night. Normally death is the boundary of life and life is the boundary of life. But for 10 years no place has brought us together: life moves in its space, death in its space. Even your grave, where your physical remains lie, remains thousands of miles away. I have been wandering in life and you have been lost in death. It is not that your memory isn’t with me. I don’t try to think of you, but it is difficult not have you in mind. But a place we could meet? This remains out of the question: and even if some place was to bring us together, would you know me? But what happened last night was that we came to a place to meet: I walked out to the boundary of life, and you came out to the edge of death and we saw each other and wept.

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