An Honest Poem

An Honest Poem

By Milan Rakić

Oh, keep silent, speak not, hush,
Let thoughts swarm in my head,
May not your voice away brush
These powerful feelings unsaid.

Oh, hush, for my veins may be
Throbbing with a new life grand,
As I forget it is just you and me
That ‘fore the glory of nature stand.

Once it’s all over and my body tired
Relapses into a common dullness
And the new life and feeling inspired
Softly and quietly sink into darkness,

I shall anew, my darling, tell you so
Trite a poem of love, and of how
I pine and suffer and love you, tho’
I feel and mean not what I then avow.

And as oft, miserable woman, you
Will enjoy listening to these lies,
Thanking God for creating you, too
And tears will again fill your eyes.

As you behold the dreamy fields
Veiled by the silent dark above,
You’ll know not what’s concealed –
That by loving you I myself love,

And my love for you when it
In all its might seizes all of me,
And makes quiver my every bit,
And feelings too rush upon me!

For the moment of life and glee,
When my entire power soars too,
By my heart may you blessed be,
But, my darling, I don’t love you!

That’s why I’ll always say: hush,
Let your soul peacefully sleep,
As the leaves turn yellow and blush
And fields sink into darkness deep.

Translation from the Serbian by:
Ljiljana Parović

Iskrena pesma

O sklopi usne, ne govori, ćuti,
Ostavi misli nek se bujno roje,
I reč nek tvoja ničim ne pomuti
Bezmerno silne osećaje moje.

Ćuti, i pusti da sad žile moje
Zabrekću novim, zanosnim životom,
Da zaboravim da smo tu nas dvoje
Pred veličanstvom prirode; a potom,

Kad prođe sve, i malaksalo telo
Ponovo padne u običnu čamu,
I život nov i nadahnuće celo
Nečujno, tiho potone u tamu,

Ja ću ti, draga, opet reći tada
Otužnu pesmu о ljubavi, kako
Čeznem i stradam i ljubim te, mada
U tom trenutku ne osećam tako.

I ti ćeš, bedna ženo, kao vazda
Slušati rado ove reči lažne,
I zahvalićeš bogu što te sazda,
I oči će ti biti suzom vlažne.

I gledajući vrh zaspalih njiva
Kako se spušta nema polutama,
Ti nećeš znati šta u meni biva —
Da ja u tebi volim sebe sama,

I moju ljubav naspram tebe, kad me
Obuzme celog silom koju ima,
I svaki živac rastrese i nadme,
I osećaji navale ko plima!

Za taj trenutak života i milja,
Kad zatreperi cela moja snaga,
Neka te srce moje blagosilja.
Al ne volim te, ne volim te, draga!

I zato ću ti uvek reći: ćuti,
Ostavi dušu nek spokojno sniva,
Dok kraj nas lišće na drveću žuti
I tama pada vrh zaspalih njiva.

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