Drunkenness

Drunkenness

By Vladislav Petković Dis

I care not to drink, yet I am often drunk so,
Mid the din, friendless, alone, over a full glass.
Oblivious of the country and the place, woe!
The place where miseries and vice amass.

I care not to drink. But, if to me comes, well,
The world of my joys, disillusioned, to plead
For peace, for deliverance, for death or hell,
I laugh at it all so hard that it hurts indeed.

And despair besets, by itself, against my will,
An entire life and then it journeys through;
A cry is heard to echo: “Things never ever will
Be better, never better will they get for you.”

Then I pity myself. It is not meant for me
To have a country without people poor so,
Eyes as blue and warm as a summer’s sea,
A life in light without cold gloom and woe.

And wishing to protect myself from disgrace,
I drink, and I want to be forever drunk as I can;
Then I can see no vice and this dreary place,
Then I’m not ashamed of being myself a man.

Translation from the Serbian by:
Ljiljana Parović

Pijanstvo

Ne marim da pijem, al` sam pijan često.
U graji, bez druga, sam, kraj pune čaše.
Zaboravim zemlju, zaboravim mesto
Na kome se jadi i poroci zbraše.

Ne marim da pijem. Al` kad priđe tako
Svet mojih radosti, umoren, i moli
Za mir, za spasenje, za smrt ili pak`o,
Ja se svemu smejem pa me sve i boli.

I pritisne očaj, sam, bez moje volje,
Ceo jedan život, i njime se kreće;
Uzvik ga prolama: “Neće biti bolje,
Nikad, nikad bolje, nikad biti neće.”

I ja žalim sebe. Meni nije dano,
Da ja imam zemlju bez ubogih ljudi,
Oči plave, tople kao leto rano,
Život u svetlosti bez mraka i studi.

I želeći da se zaklonim od srama,
Pijem, i zaželim da sam pijan dovek;
Tad ne vidim porok, društvo gde je čama,
Tad ne vidim ni stid što sam i ja čovek.

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