Sunflowers

Sunflowers

By Jovan Dučić

In the sorrowful eye of a sunflower,
That follows silently the sky’s flows,
Dwell of this world all yearning power,
All desires and all restless woes.

They hum fearful of the dark:
“All that shines is a divine treasure;
And of light too a single spark
Is of all things the price and measure!…

All that lives in darkness profound
To this world with a silent curse did fall.
All that looks towards the ground,
Has never ever shined at all!…

Kings of the east, all dressed
In heavy gold, stand tearful;
The rays of sun that in shade rest
Beg for light at this hour no cheerful.

Those sad eyes of sunflowers
In my heart are open wide –
But the suns are in their final hours,
And dark shades softly down slide.

Vast fields tonight will perish,
Of shiny sunflowers many a row,
But that death will cherish
Of this world all suns aglow.

Translation from the Serbian by:
Ljiljana Parović

Suncokreti

U tužnom oku suncokreta,
Što nemo prati neba bludnje,
Tu su sve žeđi ovog sveta,
Sva nespokojstva i sve žudnje.

Šume u strahu svom od mraka:
“Bog je pomalo sve što zari;
I svetlosti je jedna zraka
Mera i cena sviju stvari!…

Sve je što živi na dnu tmine
S prokletstvom nemim na svet palo –
Sve što ne gleda u visine,
I nije jednom zasijalo!…”

S istoka kralji, obučeni
U teško zlato, stoje plačni;
I žreci sunca, naspram seni
Prosjački vape u čas mračni.

Te tužne oči suncokreta
U mom su srcu otvorene –
Ali su sunca nakraj sveta,
I tiho slaze mrak i sene.

Pomreće noćas širom vrti,
Dvoredi sjajnih suncokreta,
Ali će biti u toj smrti
Sva žarka sunca ovog sveta.

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