The Two Roads-两条道路

The Two Roads-两条道路


   It was New Year's Night. An aged man was standing at a window. He raised his mournful eyes towards the deep blue sky, where the stars were floating like white lilies on the surface of a clear calm lake. Then he cast them on the earth, where few more hopeless people than himself now moved towards their certain goal——the tomb. He had already passed sixty of the stages leading to it, and he had brought from his journey nothing but errors and remorse. Now his health was poor, his mind vacant, his heart sorrowful, and his old age short of comforts.

  The days of his youth appeared like dreams before him, and he recalled the serious moment when his father placed him at the entrance of the two roads——one leading to a peaceful, sunny place, covered with flowers, fruits and resounding with soft, sweet songs; the other leading to a deep, dark cave, which was endless, where poison flowed instead of water and where devils and poisonous snakes hissed and crawled.


  He looked towards the sky and cried painfully, "O youth, return! O my father, place me once more at the entrance to life, and I'll choose the better way!" But both his father and the days of his youth had passed away.


  He was the lights flowing away in the darkness. These were the days of his wasted life; he saw a star fall from the sky and disappeared, and this was the symbol of himself. His remorse, which was like a sharp arrow, struck deeply into his heart. Then he remembered his friends in his childhood, who entered on life together with him. But they had made their way to success and were now honoured and happy on this New Year's night.


  The clock in the high church tower struck and the sound made him remember his parents' early love for him. They had taught him and prayed to God for his good. But he chose the wrong way. With shame and grief he dared no longer look towards that heaven where his father live. His darkened eyes were full of tears, and with a despairing effort, he burst out a cry: "Come back, my early days! Come back!"


  And his youth did return, for all this was only a dream which he had on New Year's Night. He was still young though his faults were real; he had not yet entered the deep, dark cave, and he was still free to walk on the road which leads to the peaceful and sunny land.


  Those who still linger on the entrance of life, hesitating to choose the bright road, remember that when years are passed and your feet stumble on the dark mountains, you will cry bitterly, but in vain: "O youth, return! Oh give me back my early days!"


  除夕之夜,一位老人伫立窗前。他满眼哀伤,仰望着深蓝色的天空,那儿,星星如清澈平静的湖面上的朵朵白莲在漂移着;后来,他将目光投向地面,几个比他更加绝望的人正在走向人生的终点——坟墓。在通往人生终点的道路上,他已走过了60多个驿站,除了过失和悔恨,他一无所获。现在,他健康欠佳,精神空虚,心情忧郁,缺少晚年应有的舒适和安逸。


  青春的岁月如梦幻般浮现在他眼前,他回想起父亲将他放在人生岔路口上的关键时刻,当时,他面前有两条路:一条通向和平宁静、阳光灿烂的地方,那里到处是花果,到处回荡着柔和甜美的歌声;另一条则通向黑暗无底的深渊,那里流淌着毒液而不是清水,恶魔肆虐,毒蛇嘶嘶爬动。


  他仰望天空,痛苦地哭喊:“哦,青春,你回来吧!哦,爸爸,请把我重新放到人生的路口上吧,我会做出更好的选择。”然而他的父亲和他的青春年华皆离他远去。


  他看见灯消逝在黑暗中,那便是他虚度的时光;他看见一颗星星从空中陨落、消失,那是他自身的象征。悔恨如同一支利箭,深深地刺进他的心。接着,他想起童年时代的朋友,他们曾与他一同踏上人生的旅程,现已获得成功,受到人们的尊敬,此刻正在幸福中欢度除夕。


  教堂塔顶的钟声响了,使他回忆起父母早年对他的爱,他们曾给予他谆谆教诲,曾为他的幸福祈祷上帝。可他偏偏选择人生的歧途。羞愧和忧伤使他再也不敢正式他父亲所在的天堂。他双眼黯然无光,饱噙着泪水,在绝望中,他拼力高喊:“回来吧,我那逝去的年华!回来吧!”


  青春真的回来了,因为以上所发生的一切只是他在除夕所做的一场梦。他仍旧年轻,当然他真的犯有过失;但还未堕入深渊;他仍然可以自由地走上通向宁静和光明的道路。


  在人生路口徘徊,不知该不该选择光明大道的年轻人啊,你们千万要记住:当你青春已逝,双足在黑暗的群山中举步维艰,跌跌撞撞之时,你才痛心疾首地呼唤:“哦,回来吧、青春!哦,把我的美好年华还给我!”,这只会是徒劳无益的.

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