The Chords

The Chords

By Jovan Dučić

In the still purple night I listen to the soft
Rustle of the stars; it seems to me there,
That in silent solitude I can hear oft
The spheres singing in the serene air.
And in my seclusion I can hear so
From the earth and sky the eternal hum;
And I listen long, silent and slow,
The words of leaves and of water the thrum.
And I understand the voices that roar,
Language of Beings and whisper of things.
Oft it all stops and heard is nothing more
But my heartbeat. Yet, the same strings
Are struck in a murmur, quietly tapping
Stroke by stroke, from a tree-trunk; clearly
From the black reed they are heard rapping
Across the field…And finally, sonorously,
Underground! Somewhere deep down
As a silent bell, rhythmically and evenly,
A huge heart is heard below the ground:
Beating quietly, monotonously, peacefully.

Translation from the Serbian by:
Ljiljana Parović

Akordi

Slušam u mirnoj ljubičastoj noći
Gde šušte zvezde; i meni se čini
Da često čujem u nemoj samoći
Pevanje sfera na toploj vedrini.
I čujem tiho u osami tako
Večiti šumor iz zemlje i svoda;
I slušam dugo, nemo i polako,
Te reči lišća i taj govor voda.
I ja razumem te glase što huje,
Taj jezik Bića i taj šapat stvari…
Često sve stane, još se samo čuje
Kucanje mog srca. No isti udari
Čuše se šumom, mirno zakucaše
Udar za udarom, iz stabla; i jasno
Kucnu iz crne rogozi i šaše –
Duž celog polja … Najzad, mnogoglasno,
Dole, pod zemljom! Negde u dubini
Jednakim ritmom, kao muklo zvono,
Ogromno srce začu se u tmini:
Udari mirno, tiho, monotono.

 

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