009 杜甫 – 贈衛八處士
009 DU Fu – To My Retired Friend Wei
英文翻譯 / English Translation﹕
We have been unable to reunite for so long,
We have been like morning and evening stars that never meet in the sky.
What a night this has been?
For us to share this candlelight.
For how long does youth last?
Your hair has greyed and so has mine.
Of the old acquaintances I called upon, half of them have ghosts become,
Aghast and gut-wrenched I cried.
All of a sudden twenty years have gone by
Before I could again call on where you reside.
You were not engaged when we went our separate ways,
You are now married with children after all this time.
They courteously greet their father's friend,
And my journey enquire.
Before I could their curiosity satisfy,
You have you son bringing out the wine.
We nibble on spring chives just gathered in the evening rain,
In a fresh meal that rough grains contain, abundant is pure joy as old friends reunite.
You marvel at how unexpected such a reunion is,
In one go you gulp down more than a pint.
Pints after, high in spirit you are yet sober still,
And I am grateful for your friendship so genuine.
Tomorrow shall find us separated by mountains again,
What the future holds is vague and undefined.