CLICK [键盘的沉默]

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CLICK

maybe in five years time
I’ll suddenly cross your mind
and you’ll wonder
what that starry-eyed girl
(who was so desperately in love with you)
is up to now

your finger will hover over the green dot
next to my name…

click.
you didn’t know that I cut my hair

click.
or that I left the suburb next to the sea

click.
to make a life in the city that never sleeps

your finger will hover over the green dot
next to my name…

but you do not
click.


键盘的沉默

也许五年后
我会突然在你的脑海里出现
而你会好奇那个
(当初那么爱你的)
梦里铺满星星女孩
今日何在

你的手指在我名旁
在线的绿点,迟疑。。。

键盘敲击。
你不知道我何时剪短长发

键盘敲击。
也不清楚我何时离开海边的小屋

键盘敲击。
来到一个冷漠的不夜城寻找自己

你的手指在我名旁
在线的绿点,迟疑。。。

但你的键盘
沉默。


Inspiration: 

maybe in five years
our paths will cross again
i will tell you how desperately in love i was
with you
and we can laugh about how
we broke each other’s hearts
– Selina Soldner

Dedication: remembering back to that teenage phase in my life.

From when we were thirteen, for when we will be thirty. I’ve exploited our memories for inspiration’s sake or otherwise so many times and I can’t help wondering if you’d ever stop and remember too, even just for a moment.

Description: I’ve decided to challenge myself by writing this poem in English then translating it to Chinese because I am very curious about the subtleties that are destroyed and the others that are created through this process.

It has helped me, or rather forced me to find and then preserve the essence of the piece beyond language barriers. Apologies if anything sounds harsh or awkward, I’m not as proficient in Chinese as I would like to be, but this is one of the ways I am trying to hold on to my mother tongue.

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13 thoughts on “CLICK [键盘的沉默]

  1. Beautiful and effective. Even though I don’t know how to speak/read Mandarin/Cantonese, I appreciate that you thought about the “subtleties” lost in translation.

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