A Chinese Poem: 《偶然》Ouran (By Chance by Xu Zhi Mo 徐志摩)

By Ling-Ling Shih, Copyright © 2015
From Ling-LingChinese.com

A Chinese Poem by a famous modern poet Xu Zhi Mo: 《偶然》(ǒu rán –“by Chance”)

Biography of Xu Zhimo (1897—1931)

Please find the Chinese script of the poem, Pinyin Romanization, and English Translation at the end of the post.

《偶然》朗诵欣赏”Ouran” (By Chance) Recitation :

“偶然” (ǒurán) by 徐志摩

By Chance (A Chinese Poem written by the Poet Xu Zhimo)

偶然 (by 徐志摩)

ǒurán ( by Xú Zhì Mó )

我是天空里的一片云,

wǒ shì tiānkōng lǐ de yīpiàn yún ,

偶尔投影在你的波心!——

ǒuěr tóu yǐng zài nǐ de bō xīn !

你不必讶异,

nǐ bùbì yà yì ,

更无须欢喜

gèng wú xū huānxǐ

在转瞬间消灭了踪影。

zài zhuǎn shùnjiān xiāomiè le zōng yǐng 。

你我相逢在黑夜的海上,

nǐ wǒ xiāng féng zài hēiyè de hǎishàng

你有你的,我有我的方向

nǐ yǒu nǐ de, wǒ yǒu wǒde fāngxiàng

你记得也好

nǐ jìde yě hǎo

最好你忘掉

zuìhǎo nǐ wàng diào

在这交会时互放的光亮!

zài zhè jiāo huì shí hù fàng de guāngliàng

English Translation:

“By Chance” by Xu Zhimo (translated by Ling-Ling Shih)

I am a cloud in the sky,

By chance casting a shadow on the ripples of your heart!

Don’t be surprised,

Nor should you be overjoyed.

I will soon vanish without a trace.

You and I met in the dark sea;

You have your direction and I have mine.

Remember if you will,

Better yet if you forget

The spark we exchanged in our encounter.

ID Chinese Trad. Pinyin English Definition
ID Chinese Trad. Pinyin English Definition
1 偶然 ǒu rán incidentally; occasional; occasionally; by chance; randomly
2 徐志摩 zhì Xu Zhimo (1897-1931), writer and poet
3 I; me; my
4 shì is; are; am; yes; to be; variant of ; (used in given names)
5 天空 tiān kōng sky
6 裏, 裡  in
7 de of; ~’s (possessive particle); (used after an attribute);
8 one; 1; single; a (article); as soon as; entire; whole; all; also pr. for greater clarity when spelling out numbers digit by digit
9 piān a measure word; disk; sheet; slice
10 yún cloud; Classifiers:
11 偶尔 偶爾 ǒu ěr occasionally; once in a while; sometimes
12 投影 tóu yǐng to project; a projection, cast a shadow
13 zài (located) at; (to be) in; to exist; in the middle of doing sth; (indicating an action in progress)
14 you (informal, as opposed to courteous )
15 de of; ~’s (possessive particle); (used after an attribute); (used to form a nominal expression); (used at the end of a declarative sentence for emphasis)
16 Poland; Polish; abbr. for 波兰 ; wave; ripple; storm; surge
17 xīn heart; mind; intention; center; core; Classifiers:
18 you (informal, as opposed to courteous )
19 不必 need not; does not have to; not necessarily
20 讶异 訝異 to be surprised; to be astonished
21 gèng even
22 无须 無須 need not; not obliged to; not necessarily
23 欢喜 歡喜 huān happy; joyous; delighted; to like; to be fond of
24 zài (located) at; (to be) in; to exist; in the middle of doing sth; (indicating an action in progress)
25 zhuǎn to turn; to change direction; to transfer; to forward (mail)
26 瞬间 瞬間 shùn jiān moment; momentary; in a flash

转瞬间:in an instant

27 消灭 消滅 xiāo miè to put an end to; to annihilate; to cause to perish; to perish; annihilation (in quantum field theory)
28 le (modal particle intensifying preceding clause); (completed action marker)
29 踪影 蹤影 zōng yǐng trace; vestige; presence
30 你我 you and me; us; we
31 相逢 xiāngféng to meet (by chance); to come across
32 zài (located) at; (to be) in; to exist; in the middle of doing sth; (indicating an action in progress)
33 黑夜 hēi night
34 de of; ~’s (possessive particle); (used after an attribute); (used to form a nominal expression); (used at the end of a declarative sentence for emphasis)
35 海上 hǎi shàng on the sea
36 you (informal, as opposed to courteous )
37 yǒu to have; there is; there are; to exist; to be
38 you (informal, as opposed to courteous )
39 de of; ~’s (possessive particle); (used after an attribute); (used to form a nominal expression); (used at the end of a declarative sentence for emphasis)
40 I; me; my
41 yǒu to have; there is; there are; to exist; to be
42 I; me; my
43 de of; ~’s (possessive particle); (used after an attribute); (used to form a nominal expression); (used at the end of a declarative sentence for emphasis)
44 方向 fāngxiàng direction; orientation; path to follow; Classifiers:
45 you (informal, as opposed to courteous )
46 记得 記得 de to remember
47 surname Ye; also; too; (in Classical Chinese) final particle implying affirmation
48 hǎo good; well; proper; good to; easy to; very; so; (suffix indicating completion or readiness); (of an unmarried couple) to be close; to be keen on each other
49 最好 zuì hǎo best; (you) had better (do what we suggest)
50 you (informal, as opposed to courteous )

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By Ling-Ling Shih, Copyright © 2015
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