Alexendria, Egypt 2009/10/1 

You said: “I’ll go to another country, go to another shore,
find another city better than this one.
Whatever I try to do is fated to turn out wrong
and my heart lies buried like something dead.
How long can I let my mind moulder in this place?
Wherever I turn, wherever I look,
I see the black ruins of my life, here,
where I’ve spent so many years, wasted them, destroyed them totally.”


You won’t find a new country, won’t find another shore.
This city will always pursue you.
You’ll walk the same streets, grow old
in the same neighborhoods, turn gray in these same houses.
You’ll always end up in this city. Don’t hope for things elsewhere:
there’s no ship for you, there’s no road.
Now that you’ve wasted your life here, in this small corner,
you’ve destroyed it everywhere in the world.


 

by C. P. Cavafy

Translated by Edmund Keeley and Philip Sherrard

 

 

Though after few days I can write in Chinese again, but there's still one city, one poet haunting in my mind, I can't help but write them down here: the city is Alexendria, the place full of faded glories by the sea. The poet is Cavafy, a Greek lived in Alexendria whole his life.

 

I read his poems and visited the house he used to live by chance, echos from the past seemed calling me, waking me up every night.

 

After those days, I got my old soul back home.

 

House of Cavafy

 

 

Alex, as it is called by locals.

 

 

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  • mayhew
  • 何時回來....等你吃咖哩耶....
  • ohoh, is it Prince of Curry speaking? I will be home today, but must spend some times resting & repairing myself, then attend your mighty Palace of Curry...

    tzewu 於 2009/10/15 18:08 回覆

  • Pinggis
  • Thanks this sharing of great poems...
  • 已在網上找到此詩的中譯,之後將會修飾一下附上來,或找個時間寫寫關於這個詩人、這座城市。

    tzewu 於 2009/10/21 00:25 回覆

  • alexvslin
  • 請問tzewu,你是用什麼相機拍的呢?
    拍得真是好!
  • 一開始是用Canon G7,後來不幸摔壞。
    這些是用Samsung NV40,在敘利亞亂買的。
    當初是看中它造型古樸,好像蠻耐操的。
    後來發現這台有個問題是,若拍攝體太暗或太遠,會對不了焦。
    雖然我喜歡用小相機,但我也需要很多手動功能,在這方面這台比不上Canon的G系列。

    tzewu 於 2009/10/22 23:42 回覆

  • Gill
  • Hi

    好詩一首,借我轉囉:)如果不可以再通知我吧!
  • 當然可以囉,這是Cavafy的經典作,算是全人類的財產吧!
    很巧,我也才剛剛參考了一些資料以及譯作,將它譯成中文了,或許這一兩天會PO上來喔...

    tzewu 於 2009/12/08 00:44 回覆

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