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Poetry in Romanian (CCCVI): Constantin ROMAN, ROMANIA/ENGLAND, “Epitaf I”

November 8th, 2014 · No Comments

Prostaţi vom fi de gravitate
Şi de orgoliul său latent.
Vom pierde ori ce levitate
Şi magnetismul remanent….

O! plângeţi miligali, oerstezi o mie!
Savantul a murit deunăzi:
De-atât amar, cu toţi ne-om repezi
Să-i luam fotoliul la Academie.

Dar plini de scrupule pentru Ecologie
L-om împăia, ca să nu îl uităm:
Cadavrul lui Antipa o să-l dăm,
Ca să–l admire marea Omenire.

Şi-acolo regăsindu-l, într-un fine,
Printre strămoşii noştri troglodiţi
Vom adăsta cu toţi, înmărmuriţi,
De acolada ce i se cuvine.

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Poetry in Translation (CCCV): Eugenio MONTALE, (1896, Genoa-1981 Milan), ITALY/LIGURIA, “Speranţa de a te revedea”, “La speranza di pure rivederti”

October 31st, 2014 · No Comments

La speranza di pure rivederti
m’abbandonava;
e mi chiesi se questo che mi chiude
ogni senso di te, schermo d’immagini,
ha i segni della morte o dal passato
è in esso, ma distorto e fatto labile,
un tuo barbaglio:
(a Modena, tra i portici,
un servo gallonato trascinava
due sciacalli al guinzaglio).

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Poetry in Translation (CCCIV): Peter LEWIS, GERMANY & ENGLAND: “Ballad of the Ages”, “Balada vârstei”

October 26th, 2014 · No Comments

Ballad of the Ages
Wilhelm BUSCH, Theodore FONTANE & Eugen ROTH

When you’re a kid, your life’s a breeze
A time to do just as you please
But being small you’re much too keen
To grow into a sulky teen.

At eighteen, though, you blithely say
By twenty I’ll be tired and grey
But when you duly reach that stage
Why, thirty seems a ripe old age.

And in your fourties what you fear
Is tour approaching fiftieth year
But when it comes, lo and behold…
You really don’t feel all that old!

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Poetry in Translation (CCCIII): Christina ROSSETTI (1830 – 1894), England, Poet: “The hope I dreamed of was a dream ”, “Speranţa ce-am visat”

October 26th, 2014 · No Comments

The hope I dreamed of was a dream,
Was but a dream; and now I wake,
Exceeding comfortless, and worn, and old,
For a dream’s sake.
I hang my harp upon a tree,
A weeping willow in a lake;
I hang my silent harp there, wrung and snapt
For a dream’s sake.
Lie still, lie still, my breaking heart;
My silent heart, lie still and break:
Life, and the world, and [mine] own self, are changed
For a dream’s sake.

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Poetry in Translation, (CCCII): Robert FROST (1894-1963), U.S.A.: “Fire and Ice”, “Foc şi viscol“

October 22nd, 2014 · No Comments

Fire and Ice
(Robert FROST)
Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.

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Poetry in Translation, (CCCI): Patrick Henry PEARSE (1879-1916), Ireland: “Răsculatul” , “The Rebel”

October 17th, 2014 · No Comments

And I say to my people’s masters: Beware,
Beware of the thing that is coming, beware of the risen people,
Who shall take what ye would not give.
Did ye think to conquer the people,
Or that Law is stronger than life and than men’s desire to be free?

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Poetry in Translation, (CCC): ANONYMOUS, ROMANIA: “Christmas Carol”

September 15th, 2014 · No Comments

Father Christmas we do beg
Bring us butter, bring us egg.
If you ever come on foot
Bring some cabbage, or beetroot.
If your bag is large enough
Add some maize and garlic cloves.
Christmas Father don’t miss either
The potatoes and the flour.
Should you come, though, in a sleigh,
Don’t forget, for the New Year,
Toilet paper that’s so sparse,
To wipe at least our arse.”

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Poetry in Translation, (CCXCIX), Elizabeth Barrett BROWNING, (1806 – 1861), ENGLAND: “The Soul’s Expression”, “Glasul sufletului”

September 14th, 2014 · No Comments

With stammering lips and insufficient sound
I strive and struggle to deliver right
That music of my nature, day and night
With dream and thought and feeling interwound

Cu buze trenurând şi fără glas
Încerc cu greu ca să înalţ, la cer,
Corala mea din sufletu-mi stingher
Fiind năpădit de gânduri de pripas.

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Poetry in Translation, (CCXCVIII), Paul CALLUS: “Unspoken Words”, “Cuvinte nespuse”

September 13th, 2014 · No Comments

I often scribble in the sand
The words I find so hard to say
And hope the wind will come along
And blow them all your way.
Îţi scriu acest poem pe plaje,
Cuvintele fiind greu de spus,
Sperând că vântul le-ar sufla
Spre umbra ta, din soare-apus.
(Rendered in Romanian by Constantin ROMAN, London
© 2014 Copyright Constantin ROMAN, London)

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Poetry in Translation, (CCXCVII), Andrei-Tiberiu MĂJERI, (ROMANIA/Transylvania): “Dionysos dans la cuisse de Zeus”, “Dionysus in the thigh of Jove”, “Dionis din pulpa lui Jupiter”

September 10th, 2014 · No Comments

“my dear you have the neck of a beautiful marble
you purr continuously
your shadow intersects my bones
let me sleep between your ribs
throbing with your heart”

“ma belle, tu as le cou d’une splendide statue
tu ronronnes beaucoup
ton ombre s’entrecroise avec mes ossements
laisse-moi dormir parmi tes côtes
battant avec ton coeur”

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