Heredity

 

I am the family face;

Flesh perishes, I live on,

Projecting trait and trace

Through time to times anon,

And leaping from place to place

Over oblivion.

 

The years-heired feature that can

In curve and voice and eye

Despise the human span

Of durance — that is I;

The eternal thing in man,

That heeds no call to die.

 

Thomas Hardy

 

遗传

 

我是家族赐予的面庞

肉体消逝,而我依在——

任时光荏苒

地域轮转

我独有的特性和模样

永不消亡

 

嗓音、眼神

脸廓上岁月承继的特征

藐视生的禁限

代代相传——

这就是我:人之永恒

全然不顾死神的召唤

 

龚旭