The Color of Water

To Robert – thanks for letting me translate your work. Hope you like it; my reading is in Cantonese:

水之色

眼染著水的顏色
砍下了的樹重現
化為烏有的葉
毀了的樹蔭
激動了懷情

曾經隱在樹中的鳥
現在只聽聲而不見
託歌僅為安慰
雨在空中留痕

可觸之能傷之
但不碰會更痛

兩日前天晴了
變化不是我們
想像中的一樣
是必要的謊言

那一雙眼睛
常變的說話
情人的影子
可融不可觸

(c) Mary Tang 2015

O at the Edges

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The Color of Water

Eyes the color of water. The tree I cut down
returns: fallen leaves, smoke, the missing

shade, memory come to reflect
emotion. Once the blue grosbeak

hid in its branches, calling but refusing
to appear, the voice our only consolation.

Now rain streaks the empty space.
Those things we touch often bruise,

but to leave them untouched may harm us
even more. Two days ago the sky cleared.

Changes, how often we see them for what
they are not. An essential falsity. Those eyes.

Words, ever-changing. Shadows of lovers
whose bodies merge but never touch.

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About Mary Tang

An urban orchardist everyday, a volunteer regularly, a poet sometimes and a blogger since March 2015. I travel when I can. Food is a constant.
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  5. Your voice sounds much gentler than those I heard when living in Soho

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  6. robert okaji says:

    Wonderful, Mary! I can’t wait to hear it.

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