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جمعه 15 آذر 1387

Adlestrop

   نوشته شده توسط: مهدی    

                         

 

                                

 

 

"Adlestrop"

Edward Thomas

Yes, I remember Adlestrop --

The name, because one afternoon

Of heat the express-train drew up there

Unwontedly. It was late June.


The steam hissed. Someone cleared his throat.

No one left and no one came

On the bare platform. What I saw

Was Adlestrop -- only the name


And willows, willow-herb, and grass,

And meadowsweet, and haycocks dry,

No whit less still and lonely fair

Than the high cloudlets in the sky.


And for that minute a blackbird sang

Close by, and round him, mistier,

Farther and farther, all the birds

Of Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire.

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"Not Adlestrop"

Dannie Abse

Not Adlestrop, no--besides, the name

hardly matters. Nor did I languish in June heat.

Simply, I stood, too early, on the empty platform,

and the wrong train came in slowly, surprised,

stopped.

directly facing me, from a window,

a very, very pretty girl leaned out.

When I, all instinct,

stared at her, she, all instinct, inclined her head

way

as if she'd divined the much married life in me,

or as if she might spot, up platform,

some unlikely familiar.

For my part, under the clock, I continued

my scrutiny with unmitigated pleasure.

And she knew it, she certainly knew it, and would

not

glance at me in the silence of not Adlestrop.

Only when the train heaved noisily, only

when it jolted, only then,

daring and secure, she smiled back at my smile,

and I, daring and secure, waved back at her

waving.

And so it was, all the way down the hurrying

platform

as the train gathered atrocious speed

towards Oxfordshire or Gloucestershire.

 


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