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Friday, 13 April 2007 07:49

你的面容

你的面容是沙与风雕成的,
你听从耳中跳动的
水一般的心,
你,无星之海的受造物啊,
在船只的残骸内寻找你唯一的光。
走吧,再往下挖掘吧,在海草下,
游过岩石区,鱼群在那里寻觅自己的巢;
潜到无形无言的底层,
然后,再次浮起,来到我们之间,
带著你的新面容——永恒心跳形塑的新面容。

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Friday, 13 April 2007 07:48

你的面容

你的面容是沙與風雕成的,
你聽從耳中跳動的
水一般的心,
你,無星之海的受造物啊,
在船隻的殘骸內尋找你唯一的光。
走吧,再往下挖掘吧,在海草下,
遊過岩石區,魚群在那裡尋覓自己的巢;
潛到無形無言的底層,
然後,再次浮起,來到我們之間,
帶著你的新面容——永恆心跳形塑的新面容。

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Friday, 13 April 2007 07:44

珍存

潮来汐回的碰触,
岩石迎浪软化。
水与石有一天是不是会融合
成火团、冰河,或是演化成蓬勃的血肉?

假若万物皆由星尘演进而来,
我们世界的尘埃是不是会成为新世界的种子?
物质与时空是不是会熔化成一缕烟
各个银河系从中迸发、诞生?

我该爬上那道通往阁楼的阶梯,
寻找那口沉重的大皮箱,里头
父亲恐怕埋藏了
宇宙的终极奥秘。

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Friday, 13 April 2007 07:44

小岛

土地、风还有——看呀!大海
组成一个不协调的交响乐团。
土地充满了诡诈凶险,
大海赤裸而好斗,
风,风它总是在吹。
乐团奏出的音乐硬如顽石,
听起来近乎蛮荒未开,
从来没有被仙境的沙驯服过。
没有敌人会凶猛过
挨著诸海的风与地。

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Friday, 13 April 2007 07:41

珍存

潮來汐回的碰觸,
岩石迎浪軟化。
水與石有一天是不是會融合
成火團、冰河,或是演化成蓬勃的血肉?

假若萬物皆由星塵演進而來,
我們世界的塵埃是不是會成為新世界的種子?
物質與時空是不是會熔化成一縷煙
各個銀河系從中迸發、誕生?

我該爬上那道通往閣樓的階梯,
尋找那口沉重的大皮箱,裡頭
父親恐怕埋藏了
宇宙的終極奧祕。

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Friday, 13 April 2007 07:40

小島

土地、風還有——看呀!大海
組成一個不協調的交響樂團。
土地充滿了詭詐凶險,
大海赤裸而好鬥,
風,風它總是在吹。
樂團奏出的音樂硬如頑石,
聽起來近乎蠻荒未開,
從來沒有被仙境的沙馴服過。
沒有敵人會兇猛過
挨著諸海的風與地。

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Friday, 13 April 2007 03:41

Time and I

Just what is this thing we call “time”? It is a particular moment in the succession of events. We ask “What “time” is it?” The answer depends on the precision we want: what year or month or day or hour or minute or second or thousandths of a second, etc. And then it depends on where you are. 8:00 P.M. in New York is either 8:00 A.M. or 9:00 A.M. the next day in Hong Kong depending on whether it is Eastern Daylight Saving Time or Eastern Standard Time in New York.

The passage of “time” can be envisioned as a long line that stretches from the first moment of “time” (if there ever was a moment before which there was not yet any “time”) and stretches infinitely into the future. Everything that happens happens at some point on that line. Each point is the simultaneous location in “time” for everything in the universe that existed at that moment.
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Friday, 13 April 2007 03:39

Words, Words, Words

Words are the most precious tool we have for understanding the world and expressing our ideas.

Every word is endowed with meaning and feeling.
It has its own spelling and pronunciation,
sometimes more than one meaning, pronunciation and spelling.

Language is living. Every word has an origin and can grow with time.


Every language has its own unique history.

Every language not only expresses what the people think, the use of words and the feelings and traditions that accompany the words also reflect and transmit the people’s culture and values.

That is why it is so important for everyone to keep and cherish his/her own language.

And if we want to understand and respect other people then we should learn and respect each other’s language and culture.


Of course, if we want to communicate with each other, then we need to have a common language that both parties understand.

If we can use the other’s language then fine,
or they will use ours
or we both use a third.


Mutual understanding requires that we share our languages.

Mutual respect requires that we neither seek to obliterate the languages of others nor reject what is ours.


Within every language there are variations that arise from local dialects or territorial pronunciations.

The Queen’s English may be a good norm for grammar and pronunciation, but there is a quaintness and richness of diversity in local usage that it would be a shame to deny or destroy.


I don’t care how a word is pronounced or spelled so long as its meaning is conveyed accurately.

I love to hear the lilt and the variations of language in different parts of the country or in the world.

They remind me how richly we are endowed with freedom to be ourselves without blind conformity.

I hope the day will never come when some conceited and prejudiced committee legislates how I should speak or tries to destroy the way I talk.


Everyone has in his or her own power the ability to create new words or to give old words new meanings.

But the purpose of words is to preserve and communicate ideas.

They can only do that if people share the same understanding of what they mean.


The amazing thing about words is the marvelous ways they can be manipulated and modified by context.

Every word must have a precise meaning in a scientific treatise.

Historical records need accurate attention to their intended significance.

Recipes and instruction manuals must be clear and followed faithfully.


But in literature words gain freedom of expression.

Literature is not the bare narration of facts, it is the presentation of ideas colored by feelings, depictions of mood, visual evocations of color and light.

Literature is where the imagination can run free and so can the words.


What words try to say always has meaning, but sometimes they need explanation or translation.

At the same time, words don’t always mean what they seem to say. They need interpretation.


Words can be played with, turned into puzzles and riddles, given metaphorical connotations.

They can be poetically cast in unusual or unexpected ways that make one stop and think or savor an unexpected moment of vision or feeling.


Words are not selfish or proud. They permit themselves be used for other meanings.

A little weight is light even in the dark.

It is sometimes right to stand on the left.

What’s left is often on the right.

There’s something on your mind even when not wearing a hat.

To foot the bill has nothing to do with your leg or a bird’s beak.

You’re not minus a limb when you lend someone your hand.


Some people are gifted with numerical aptitude, others with literary aptitude. The world needs both.

If words are your thing, you have the key to the rich treasures of culture and perhaps a chance to make your own contribution.


There are lessons for us all hidden here.

If your neighbor sounds funny,
you probably sound funny to him.
He’s not making fun of you
and you shouldn’t make fun of him.

The important thing
is to understand
what your neighbor tries to say
and for him to understand
what you have to say.

It would be convenient for you
if everyone spoke your language.
But it won’t be convenient for them.

Why does the world seem to be so concerned
about the loss
of some little species of animal, plant or insect
and not equally concerned
with the preservation
of local languages, dialects and cultures?

Words are not cruel or aggressive.
If you misuse them
they won’t attack or punish you.
But other people may laugh or correct you.

If you aren’t good at words,
then at least respect those who are.

The best people are those
whose conduct in the presence of others
is like the functioning of good words in a paragraph.

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Friday, 13 April 2007 03:35

The Wonderful World of Numbers

Once upon a time Little Billy was talking with his Grandfather.

Grandpa asked Billy, “Does one plus one always equal two?”

“Of course,” Billy replied.


Then Grandpa asked, “Can one plus one ever equal one or nothing?”

“No,” said Billy without hesitation.

Then he pondered for a moment and changed his mind.

“It probably does, otherwise you wouldn’t have asked the question.”


“You’re right, Billy, said Grandpa approvingly.

“Numbers by themselves are only quantities. They say nothing about what is being counted or measured.

If some weight is twenty, I won’t know how much it weighs until I know if it is 20 ounces, 20 pounds or 20 kilograms.

And I don’t know whether 15 years old is young or old unless I know what it refers to.

If it is a cat, it is very old.
If it is a child it is still very young.


One apple plus one apple equals two apples.
One apple plus one orange equals two fruit.

But what about one apple and two oranges?

It will be two fruit, if we are looking at the varieties,

but it is three fruit, if we are counting how many pieces of fruit we have.


A hand has five fingers.
Do two fingers and three fingers equal one hand?

Not necessarily.
They would have to be five fingers from the same hand.


One man and one woman make one couple,
but only if they are married or dancing together.

Otherwise they just make two people.


Does a 12 inch ruler plus a 12 inch ruler make two rulers?

Not necessarily.
They might make one ruler 24 inches long.


What do you get
with one cup of sugar,
three cups of flour,
four eggs,
1 tablespoon of baking powder,
half a cup of milk
and one cup of oil?

Six ingredients to make
one cake,
several cup cakes
or many cookies.


“So you see, Billy,” said Grandpa finally,

“it is very important to know how to count,

but even more important to know what you are counting.”

There are lessons hidden here.

It’s what’s counted
not the count that counts.

It’s the number that matters
only when you know what’s the matter.

Two plus two is quite a few.
Four plus four is twice as more.
Six plus six, you’re in a fix
For two hands then
make only ten.
You need to cheat
and use your feet.

The range of numbers
has no end,
What each one means
you cannot bend.

And then to add
to all your cares,
There’s plus and minus,
roots and squares.

How much nicer
would it be
If there were only
one, two, three.

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