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英语专业晨读美文-人生篇 10 Yellow Post-Its

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[00:01.62]Yellow Post-Its
[00:04.90]Can you still find this day, my dear, among your possessions?
[00:10.48]Among the souvenirs of your trips to faraway lands,
[00:14.20]the textbooks from those halcyon1 days
[00:16.94]when you walked the hallowed portals of that engineering college,
[00:20.44]the cassettes whose covers were left behind
[00:23.29]after one of those bacchanalian2 sessions in the hostel3,
[00:26.46]the photographs of those classmates whose names you can't remember?
[00:30.94]Or is it hidden in the darkness, put out of sight along with the book
[00:35.32]you bought but never read,
[00:37.07]the gift you never quite found a use for
[00:39.58]and the letters you never finished or sent?
[00:43.09]I can still find it here, in the city,
[00:45.93]in the house which you have never visited,
[00:48.22]in the kitchen where I have imaginary conversations with you.
[00:52.27] It is here even when I am not, for I go out now,
[00:56.53] leaving the light on and the music playing,
[00:58.93]so I can return home to the illusion of company.
[01:02.22]I am probably better off now.
[01:04.41]Without secrets to keep from my parents.
[01:07.14]Without someone to come between me and my friends,
[01:10.42] me and my pastimes, me and my work, me and my sensible,
[01:15.78]understandable, utilitarian4 life.
[01:18.84]The life that I keep trying,
[01:21.25]keep failing to bring in line with the expectations that
[01:24.64] I keep trying, keep failing to make my own.
[01:28.03]It is not that I always feel like this,
[01:30.87]sometimes I yearn5 for those days when tears and laughter both came easy,
[01:35.90]those easy and quick transitions from ecstasy6 to despair.
[01:40.82]When a compliment could keep my mind occupied for hours on end
[01:45.42]and a harsh word could prick7 like a pin the same skin
[01:49.57]which now seems dry and insensitive.
[01:52.09] Like probably millions around the world,
[01:54.71]I look outside the window of a crowded bus,
[01:57.78]lost in my own thoughts and wonder how it could happen to me.
[02:02.15]Was I not supposed to be different from the rest?
[02:05.10]Not for the silly schoolgirl infatuation with the football team captain
[02:10.35] or the fascination8 with the good for nothing,
[02:12.87]pot-smoking aspiring9 poet.
[02:15.27] Ours was a mature friendship that had blossomed into more.
[02:19.54]How could I feel a pang10 of envy then,
[02:22.17]when you lent a helping11 hand to another girl,
[02:24.90]when you spoke12 about someone who's far away and about to be married,
[02:29.16] when you were so involved in the book you were reading
[02:32.22] that you did not notice that we never met all day?
[02:35.95]Then came the rescue mission.
[02:38.24]The loud fights in the hostel wing,
[02:40.87]the long silences and the desperate angry notes.
[02:43.78] Frustration13, anxiety
[02:45.96]and even love revealing itself in the ugliest possible ways.
[02:50.01]Then indifference14, complacency and resignation.
[02:54.72]Calm, dispassionate discussions on how we could stay friends.
[02:58.98]The decision that we should always let the other know when we would be around.
[03:03.47] That's when I started leaving those yellow post-its on the door.
[03:07.62]Those yellow post-its which by the time
[03:10.90] I came back would have your coordinates15 that I never used.
[03:14.40]If we had all of them now,
[03:16.26]they would be telling this tale a lot better than I am now.
[03:19.65]Back home, I still continue leaving those post-its to this day,
[03:24.79] hoping that someone will write their whereabouts on them as well.
 


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1 halcyon 8efx7     
n.平静的,愉快的
参考例句:
  • He yearned for the halcyon day sof his childhood.他怀念儿时宁静幸福的日子。
  • He saw visions of a halcyon future.他看到了将来的太平日子的幻境。
2 bacchanalian pP3yf     
adj.闹酒狂饮的;n.发酒疯的人
参考例句:
  • Emperor nero attended the bacchanalian orgy.尼禄皇参加了狂饮的祭酒神仪式。
  • College-admissions deans and potential employers browse bacchanalian footage.高校招生处主任和潜在的雇主会浏览到发酒疯的画面。
3 hostel f5qyR     
n.(学生)宿舍,招待所
参考例句:
  • I lived in a hostel while I was a student.我求学期间住在青年招待所里。
  • He says he's staying at a Youth Hostel.他说他现住在一家青年招待所。
4 utilitarian THVy9     
adj.实用的,功利的
参考例句:
  • On the utilitarian side American education has outstridden the rest of the world.在实用方面美国教育已超越世界各国。
  • A good cloth coat is more utilitarian than a fur one.一件优质的布外衣要比一件毛皮外衣更有用。
5 yearn nMjzN     
v.想念;怀念;渴望
参考例句:
  • We yearn to surrender our entire being.我们渴望着放纵我们整个的生命。
  • Many people living in big cities yearn for an idyllic country life.现在的很多都市人向往那种田园化的生活。
6 ecstasy 9kJzY     
n.狂喜,心醉神怡,入迷
参考例句:
  • He listened to the music with ecstasy.他听音乐听得入了神。
  • Speechless with ecstasy,the little boys gazed at the toys.小孩注视着那些玩具,高兴得说不出话来。
7 prick QQyxb     
v.刺伤,刺痛,刺孔;n.刺伤,刺痛
参考例句:
  • He felt a sharp prick when he stepped on an upturned nail.当他踩在一个尖朝上的钉子上时,他感到剧烈的疼痛。
  • He burst the balloon with a prick of the pin.他用针一戳,气球就爆了。
8 fascination FlHxO     
n.令人着迷的事物,魅力,迷恋
参考例句:
  • He had a deep fascination with all forms of transport.他对所有的运输工具都很着迷。
  • His letters have been a source of fascination to a wide audience.广大观众一直迷恋于他的来信。
9 aspiring 3y2zps     
adj.有志气的;有抱负的;高耸的v.渴望;追求
参考例句:
  • Aspiring musicians need hours of practice every day. 想当音乐家就要每天练许多小时。
  • He came from an aspiring working-class background. 他出身于有抱负的工人阶级家庭。 来自辞典例句
10 pang OKixL     
n.剧痛,悲痛,苦闷
参考例句:
  • She experienced a sharp pang of disappointment.她经历了失望的巨大痛苦。
  • She was beginning to know the pang of disappointed love.她开始尝到了失恋的痛苦。
11 helping 2rGzDc     
n.食物的一份&adj.帮助人的,辅助的
参考例句:
  • The poor children regularly pony up for a second helping of my hamburger. 那些可怜的孩子们总是要求我把我的汉堡包再给他们一份。
  • By doing this, they may at times be helping to restore competition. 这样一来, 他在某些时候,有助于竞争的加强。
12 spoke XryyC     
n.(车轮的)辐条;轮辐;破坏某人的计划;阻挠某人的行动 v.讲,谈(speak的过去式);说;演说;从某种观点来说
参考例句:
  • They sourced the spoke nuts from our company.他们的轮辐螺帽是从我们公司获得的。
  • The spokes of a wheel are the bars that connect the outer ring to the centre.辐条是轮子上连接外圈与中心的条棒。
13 frustration 4hTxj     
n.挫折,失败,失效,落空
参考例句:
  • He had to fight back tears of frustration.他不得不强忍住失意的泪水。
  • He beat his hands on the steering wheel in frustration.他沮丧地用手打了几下方向盘。
14 indifference k8DxO     
n.不感兴趣,不关心,冷淡,不在乎
参考例句:
  • I was disappointed by his indifference more than somewhat.他的漠不关心使我很失望。
  • He feigned indifference to criticism of his work.他假装毫不在意别人批评他的作品。
15 coordinates 8387d77faaaa65484f5631d9f9d20bfc     
n.相配之衣物;坐标( coordinate的名词复数 );(颜色协调的)配套服装;[复数]女套服;同等重要的人(或物)v.使协调,使调和( coordinate的第三人称单数 );协调;协同;成为同等
参考例句:
  • The town coordinates on this map are 695037. 该镇在这幅地图上的坐标是695037。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, headed by the Emergency Relief Coordinator, coordinates all UN emergency relief. 联合国人道主义事务协调厅在紧急救济协调员领导下,负责协调联合国的所有紧急救济工作。 来自《简明英汉词典》
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