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Romances in Long Poems

12/4/2020 18:37| 发布者: 郭国汀| 查看: 967| 评论: 42|原作者: 海外逸士

1)White Snake Genie

Once upon a time, there lived a little boy;
He often went to a nearby hill to play.
He saw a white tiny snake there one day,
While he was picking a purple pebble for a toy.

The tiny snake was dying of hunger and thirst,
The boy was pitiful and took it home,
And gave it food and water under his dome
Until the tiny snake would almost burst.


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引用 海外逸士 10/21/2020 07:55
A few days later, the snake looked alive,
And the boy put it back to where it's found.
The snake was happy, crawling round and round,
Knowing it was her old home she did arrive.

How time flies; a thousand long years did pass.
The boy was now a young man of twenty-two,
For fifteenth incarnations he had gone thro.
Now he was at the age to desire a lass.
引用 海外逸士 10/23/2020 08:33
The white snake was now a thousand years old.
As she'd learnt magic, she turned to be a girl,
So pretty with her dark hair in long curl.
She left her home on the hilltop so cold.

She wish'd t' go to the human world to seek
For the boy who'd saved her life long ago.
She wanted for him to have something to do.
She wanted to be his little wife so meek.
引用 海外逸士 10/26/2020 08:15
On her way downhill the white snake did meet
A green snake of five hundred years of age.
They fought each other out of sudden rage.
Then the white snake the green snake did defeat.

The white snake thereby made green snake her maid,
As her magic was much more powerful,
And she could change herself more beautiful,
Since she's five hundred years older, it's said.
引用 海外逸士 10/28/2020 07:49
The man lived in Hangzhou, by name of Xu.
He worked as a salesclerk in a drug store.
His dearest parents had died long before.
He lived alone like a lone orphan, too.

How beautiful and scenic is the West Lake.
Lots of visitors go there everyday.
Xu was free and went for sightseeing one day,
When rain suddenly pelted on the lake.
引用 海外逸士 10/30/2020 09:03
The rain was caused by the white snake with magic.
She knew that Xu would come that very day.
If they could unite, she'd be happy and gay.
She attired herself and put on best fabric.

She lodged in a rented house with her maid.
Both girls sauntered that day on the lakeside.
Xu got face to face with girls side by side.
To such pretty girls full attention he paid.
引用 海外逸士 11/2/2020 08:44
They introduced to each other as soon.
“I am Miss White, and it's Little Green, my maid.
We live in a house in the city.” she said.
They talked and talked, and it was almost noon.

Just then came out of the blue a sudden shower,
Caused surely by the magic of Miss White.
The girl to her house the man did invite.
He said Yes as he saw her smiling like flower.
引用 海外逸士 11/4/2020 08:21
In her house they had a dinner party.
Little Green, the maid, cooked delicious dishes.
And Miss White had, indeed, secret wishes.
The maid tried her best to make them marry.

As he was still single, he's glad to have the wench.
So they united in holy matrimony.
They had some guests for the wedding party.
The visitors all sat on wooden bench.
引用 海外逸士 11/6/2020 08:10
Xu did not know that his wife was a snake,
Or he would certainly be scared to death,
And would be lying on bed without breath,
And would never and ever be awake.

The new couple felt happy after wedding.
Xu must still go to work everyday.
He'd look to his wife all work and no play.
The wife was now for his future planning.
引用 海外逸士 11/9/2020 09:10
She advised him to have a store of his own
So that he could ever be his own master.
He did not need to obey another,
That he would always feel so bad and moan.

She gave him two hundred taels of silver
For him to use to open a drug store.
He dream'd that he would have his wealth galore,
In the near future when he grew older.
引用 海外逸士 11/11/2020 08:23
To the seller of a nearby drug store
he handed money, about to close the deal;
He wanted to finish it, and back to meal,
And also back to his family chore.

But it was found that the silver was stolen
From the treasury of local government.
For human things the snake had no judgment,
When Mr. Xu learned it, he felt so sullen.
引用 海外逸士 11/13/2020 09:13
She just lay hands where silver was abundant,
And never knew that this was a great crime.
She just thought it was easy way at that time.
Her decision to get it was adamant.

Xu was arrested and put into jail.
Then he was exiled to Suzhou City,
He had an uncle living there; he was lucky.
His uncle paid money to get him out on bail.
引用 海外逸士 11/16/2020 08:44
The uncle of Xu also had a drug shop.
Now he worked for his uncle for a living.
He worked hard and brought his uncle much earning.
He stayed in the store and worked without stop.

The wife soon learned the situation of her man.
By her magic power she flew to Suzhou,
And moved all the store stuffs here from Hangzhou.
She opened a new shop, waiting for her man.
引用 海外逸士 11/18/2020 08:32
As if by chance, the maid met Xu one day,
In the street when he walked round at lunch time.
He's surprised to see her in his pastime,
And asked her about where now was their stay.

No answer, she just led him to their store.
The couple met in a new city again.
She tried to have him quit the job, but in vain,
Until she showed him round their new drug store.
引用 海外逸士 11/20/2020 09:20
The uncle was understandable and let him go.
He repaid his uncle the money for the bail.
He ran his shop, forgetting his days in jail.
And a bright future he's looking forward to.

How time flies! Thus elapsed two happy years.
He was glad that his wife was now with child.
One day there came a monk, looking so wild,
Who kidnapped Xu, and the wife's now in tears.
引用 海外逸士 11/23/2020 09:10
The monk lived in the temple on top of Mt. Jin,
Who could exercise very great magic power,
And could also even remove a tall tower,
To where he wanted it to be with a din.

When he learned a snake married a human,
He was in rage and made a secret wish.
As she's pregnant, he couldn't have her to punish,
That was why instead he took away the man.
引用 海外逸士 11/25/2020 09:02
Mt. Jin lies on north bank of Yangtze River.
The surroundings are picturesque in sight.
The wife took her maid there the monk to fight,
As by magic she knew her man was there.

Both the snakes came to the monk face to face.
The monk flared up, and yelled to them, “You bitch!”
but he forgot they're not bitch, just the witch.
Although they were surely another race.
引用 海外逸士 11/27/2020 10:15
The white snake raised up water from the river.
She wanted to flood the temple on the hilltop.
But the advance of the waves got a stop,
As monk threw down his cassock on the water.

At last the snakes were beaten in the fight,
As the monk had much greater magic power.
They had to retreat to a nearby bower,
And then they flew up into air in flight.
引用 海外逸士 11/30/2020 09:05
As the man insisted in going back,
Finally the monk had to let him go.
When he reach'd the Broken Bridge in Hangzhou,
He saw his wife there to welcome him back.

They went home, waiting for the baby's birth.
She feared the baby would have a snake's head.
And it was also the maid, Little Green's dread.
But the man was enjoying his great mirth.
引用 海外逸士 12/2/2020 08:19
In due time, the baby was born, a boy.
It was so lovely with the baby fat.
The skin was so soft like the fur of cat.
Both parents were in ecstasy and joy.

A party's held as the boy's one year old.
All friends were invited and came to greet.
The boy helloed the guests, his smile so sweet.
And he chatted with the adults, so bold.

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