一線的兩端（談釣魚）/ The Two Ends of a Line (About Fishing)
. 這一刻 產生了
這一頭，雅士的驚喜 - -
那一頭，魚兒的痛悔 - -
He is refined and elegant, a man who is passing his middle age.
Seeming to be gentle and modest, he has gone through the bitterness of life for quite
a while. Now, fishing is his amusement to ease his mind.
Holding the fishing pole, he swings his arm with a sudden force.
The winding wheel of the fishing-line on the pole is rotating rapidly and
Releasing the long, long string that goes out high and across the sky.
The fishing hook that bait is hanging on, descends into the water.
He has just set a trap in the fish’s world.
He is on the shore and holding the fish’s death-line tightly,
Letting his senses, feelings be hidden in the water and his eyesight be concentrating
on the water surface.
He sits by the rocks with a clear mind without any other thought,
Waiting patiently, waiting for the fish to fall into his trap.
It is simply a fish, but young.
Being inexperienced in life, it is hardly free from hunger.
Seeking food is naturally the necessity of its life.
The innocent fish moves out of the cave and travels far away from waterweeds.
It goes to where it is used to finding food.
What is waiting there for it is the bait, which is swaying on the hook.
How could it image what is waving to it is simply Death!
He is about to touch it, though a line separates them
At the instant moment, being a line length away from him,
It bites the bait – and
Simultaneously it has also hooked on the string, the fishing-line.
Its mouth is full of blood and is peeling off. The fish is suffering sharp pain.
This moment has just created two instantaneous small worlds,
Which belong to two opposite extremities.
At one end, is the sudden joy of the gentleman –-
“ I got it! I got you! ”
He is celebrating his luck with excitement and pride.
He is glad his sudden capture
Shall be his showoff at the dinner table.
-At the other end, is the pain and regrets of the poor fish –
“ Why should be like this? Why me? ”
It is struggling on the line of death,
Waiting the coming of the sad ending of the game,
That is the ending of its life!
At the two ends of a line, there are, at this moment,
A relaxed, delighted and pleased man - - the refined gentleman,
A bleeding, despairing and innocent fish!
Note: In the universe there are trillions of small worlds including those of ourselves. This fishing incident between the two individual small worlds, which belong to a fish and a fisherman, has just been over. This incidental event between the fortunate and unfortunate small worlds comes to an end. “This tiny spot” of the universe is calm again as if nothing has happened. However, a lot of new events, big and small, have been occurring at the same time among many small worlds in the universe.