June 7, 2012

詩を読むレイ・ブラッドベリ泣ける(動画):Ray Bradbury reads his poem "If Only We Had Taller Been"

From left: Arthur C. Clarke, Ray Bradbury, journalist Walter Sullivan, Carl Sagan, Bruce Murray
On Nov. 12 1971, JPL/Caltech

金星の日面通過の日に亡くなったSFの巨匠レイ・ブラッドベリ(享年91)。「すべての夏をこの一日に」に描いた瞬間を最期に見ることができたんだろうか―。 亡くなった当日、NASAジェット推進研究所(JPL)がこんな素晴らしい動画を公開した。

1971年11月12日、火星探査機マリナーが火星軌道に乗る前夜にカルテック(カリフォルニア工科大学)の講演会で詩「If Only We Had Taller Been」を朗読するブラッドベリ。同席者は左からアーサー・C.・クラーク、レイ・ブラッドベリ、ウォルター・S.・サリバン(NYT記者)、カール・セーガン、ブルース・ミュレイ(カルテック名誉教授)という錚々たる顔ぶれである。









If Only We Had Taller Been (2:20-)

The fence we walked between the years
Did balance us serene;
It was a place half in the sky where
In the green of leaf and promising of peach
We'd reach our hands to touch and almost thouch that sky,
If we could reach and touch, we said,
[不明]  teach us, never to be dead.

We ached, we almost touched that stuff;
Our reach was never quite enough.

If only we had taller been,
And touched God's cuff, His hem,
We would not have to go with them
Who've gone before,
Who, short as we, stood tall as they could stand
And hoped by stretching to keep their land,
Their home, their hearth, their flesh and soul.
But they, like us, were standing in a hole.

O, Thomas, will a Race one day stand really tall
Across the Void, across the Universe and all?
And, measured out with rocket fire,
At last put Adam's finger forth
As on the Sistine Ceiling,
And God's great hand come down the other way
To measure Man and find him Good,
And Gift him with Forever's Day?
I work for that.

Short man, Large dream.

I send my rockets forth between my ears,
Hoping an inch of Will is worth a pound of years.
Aching to hear a voice cry back along the universal Mall:
We've reached Alpha Centauri!
We're tall, O God, we're tall!

-Ray Bradbury

[It's Okay To Be Smart via @Brainpicker]



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