CONTENTS

 
  MOUNTAIN SPIRIT AND HUMAN SPIRIT
山鬼與山人─山居週年記事

  By LIAO Chih-yun 廖之韻
  Translated by David van der Peet 范德培
 
  SIGNIFICANT OTHER 貴人
   By Ching Hsiang-hai 鯨向海
   Translated by David van der Peet 范德培
 
  SOLEMN ATMOSPHERE 莊嚴氣氛
   By Ching Hsiang-hai 鯨向海
   Translated by David van der Peet 范德培
 
  DIALOGUE 對話
   By SEN Kim Soon 辛金順
   Translated by David van der Peet 范德培
 
  ON DEATH ROW 死囚獄中─死刑者
   By WANG Chi-chiang 汪啟疆
   Translated by David van der Peet 范德培

 
  I BELIEVE 相信
   By Hsiang Ming 向明
   Translated by John J. S. BALCOM 陶忘機
 
  LOST 迷路
   By Jiao Tong 焦桐
   Translated by David van der Peet 范德培
 
  COMPLICATIONS D’AMOUR: LOVE LETTER
愛情併發症─情書

   By HSU Shui-fu 許水富
   Translated by David van der Peet 范德培
 
  TAMSHUI SKETCHES: FISHERMAN’S WHARF
淡水采風─漁人碼頭

   By Lo Ti 落蒂
   Translated by David van der Peet 范德培

 
  A BACKWARD GLANCE AT THE DUSKY STREETS 街影回眸
   By LAI Yu-ting 賴鈺婷
   Translated by Adela JENG 鄭秀瑕
 
  TO COMPREHEND 領悟
   By Yin Dih 隱地
   Translated by Jonathan YING 殷立仁

 
  MIRROR 鏡子
   By Yin Dih 隱地
   Translated by Jonathan YING 殷立仁
 
  WHEN THERE’S NO NEED TO TAKE BETRAYAL SERIOUSLY 當背叛無須沉重以對的時候
   By YEN Na 顏訥
   Translated by Darryl STERK 石岱崙
 
  AFFAIR: WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW
外遇你所不知道的事

   By YUAN Chiung-chiung 袁瓊瓊
   Translated by Patrick CARR 柯英華
 
  MY ROAD TO CERAMICS 我的陶瓷之路
   By SUN Chao 孫超
   Translated by SUN Yilin 孫逸齡
 
 

NEWS & EVENTS 文化活動
   Compiled by Sarah Jen-hui HSIANG 項人慧

 
  PUBLICATIONS BY TAIPEI CHINESE PEN MEMBERS 會員新書
 
  NOTES ON AUTHORS AND TRANSLATORS
作者與譯者簡介
 
  APPENDIX : CHINESE ORIGINALS 附錄 :中文原著
 
  2009 INDEX
 
  FACING MOUNTAINS IN THE DISTANCE, NO. 3 千里碧山對之三, ceramic slab, 138 × 66 cm, 1994........................................................................Cover
 
 

RETURN FROM PARIS, NO. 6 巴黎歸來系列之六, ceramic slab, 52 × 72 cm, 1990..............Back Cover
   By SUN Chao 孫超

 

Yin Dih 隱地

TO COMPREHEND
領悟*

translated by Jonathan YING 殷立仁


    When one begins to age, he will discover that his friends
and relatives are also getting old, with sickness becoming a
ubiquitous companion, always hearing about someone who
either has fallen or gone to the hospital. There is hardly any
good news but an endless stream of bad news.
    Suddenly I thought of an old saying: “Birth, old age, sickness, and death.” Between birth and death are two words that
most certainly make one feel disinterested and helpless: old age
and sickness. Old age and sickness, old age and sickness–when one gets old, sickness follows.
    Is it really like this? An old person is just like an old tree. Although an old tree always has yellow leaves falling from its branches, it is still alive and well. So long as an old person remains upbeat, there are still another thirty years of happiness between sixty-five and ninety-five years of age. So there is no need to be pessimistic. What is important is that an old person needs to seek his own pleasure and have his own purpose for living. I believe that is what is meant by “the art of living” or “living within/among art.”
    Finding enjoyment within the world of “art” either through observing or creating will give one an endless amount of happiness. In theory, so long as an old person has something that he wants to do and couple that with the lessons from his life experience and knowledge from reading books, a reasonable old person will not fight with his younger family members all day long. An old person has his own independent style and personality. Needless to say, an intelligent old person must have his own worldview so that even if he were to die alone he would have no regrets. I have lived and so I shall die. That is the way it has always been–joy and adversity, reunion and separation. I cry and I laugh are as natural as thunder and rain. There is sound and lightening; after the clouds and wind pass, the sun will shine gloriously, the moon hides and reappears, how poetic is nature! As a guest of nature, with what do you have to be dissatisfied
    There are, of course, traps and obstacles throughout life’s journey, but have we not walked all the way to the end? You should celebrate your good fortune, otherwise how can you be called an old person? An old person is the jewel in the crown of humans. All those who are already considered old and are over sixty-five should raise up their hands in celebration and say, “Ah, I have made it through all of life’s vicissitudes. I had have difficult times, been taken advantage of by others, and been discriminated against. All of these sad memories are all in the past. Now I have finally become an old person and saved up a few hard-earned dollars. I have my own hobbies and from here on out, I can live the life that I want to live. I no longer need to go to work and pay attention to the clock. I am retired. I now belong to myself. I can either relax at home or enjoy the outdoors. I can get together with old friends to talk about the old times. Ah, what else can be better than what is right in front of my eyes? And to top that off, my life, as I recall, has been full of happiness and wonder.
    “I have seen countless thoughtful movies that were full of depth and breadth. Movies and books let me forget my worries; they make me more substantial, allow me to grow, and make my life more robust. Outside my own small existence, I can empathize with the tens of thousands of other lives. Movies and books have given me another pair of eyes. In the process, my heart has been purified.”
    I cannot forget the joy of drinking coffee. Whenever I have a lot on my mind, a cup of coffee always relaxes me, even relieving me of my temporary headache. And there is also tea. There are so many wonderful things on this earth for me to enjoy. This is why I used to love travelling to different countries around the world because as soon I board the plan, flight attendants would smile at me and ask “Coffee or tea?” I can choose. Yes, the right to choose is mine. As you can see, with a simple utterance, a tasty beverage will be brought right to me.
    Is life not good enough? How about eating a piece of candy to sweeten our mouths and our hearts? All of life’s heartaches will be temporarily forgotten.
    There are many wonderful things in the space between “birth, old age, sickness, and death” and they are as mysterious as they can be. As you know, if you keep on harking over life’s pains and difficulties, then you will naturally forget the happiness that comes with old age.
    Why not be a happy old person? When worries strike you,
lift up your head and look out the window at the old tall tree.
An old person can, too, live life to the fullest!
From Yin Dih’s 隱地 Wo de yan-jing 《我的眼睛》[My eyes]. Taipei: Elite
Publishing, 2008, 219-222.


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