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Poetry in Translation (CCCXXXII), T. S. ELIOT (1888-1965), U.S.A./ENGLAND: “Aunt Helen”, “Mătuşa Ana”

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Poetry in Translation (CCCXXXII), T. S. ELIOT (1888-1965), U.S.A./ENGLAND: “Aunt Helen”, “Mătuşa Ana”

ELIOT Time Magazine

Aunt Helen
T. S. Eliot

Miss Helen Slingsby was my maiden aunt,
And lived in a small house near a fashionable square
Cared for by servants to the number of four.
Now when she died there was silence in heaven
And silence at her end of the street.
The shutters were drawn and the undertaker wiped his feet —
He was aware that this sort of thing had occurred before.
The dogs were handsomely provided for,
But shortly afterwards the parrot died too.
The Dresden clock continued ticking on the mantelpiece,
And the footman sat upon the dining-table
Holding the second housemaid on his knees —
Who had always been so careful while her mistress lived.

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T. S. Eliot: Poems

T. S. Eliot: Poems

Mătuşa Ana
T. S. Eliot

Mătuşa Ana a rămas fată mare,
Trăind într un cartier şic,
Într-o casă cu patru servitori.
Când a murit, cerul a fost cernit,
Iar cartierul unde locuia a amuţit.
Obloanele-au fost trase, iar cioclii, intrând, şi-au şters picioarele,
Aşa cum obişnuiau dinainte.
Potăile n-au fost uitate în testament,
Dar puţin timp după aceea, papagalul a murit…
Pendula şi-a continuat ritmul ei,
Iar majordomul, instalat la masa din sufragerie,
Ţinea pe genunchi servitoarea,
Care, când Coniţa era în viaţă, era întotdeauna foarte atentă.

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