Sorrow

Sorrow

By Milan Rakić

In a bright night, near me,
A secret cry echoes thru the air
Like a sigh of all the galaxy,
A shrill of anguish and despair.

The moment vibrates softly
As of doleful strings a pluck,
The moment glides ominously
Like a flock of birds of bad luck.

Who so wails? Living men?
Or my love, some old woe?
Or other men’s hopes then?
But, what do you care, oh!

I cry too when others suffer,
When their joys waste away,
My own suffering is no tougher,
Their pain fills me with dismay.

Cry, my darling, while we still
Have some tears to weep
Over other men’s many an ill
And our miseries so deep!

Oh, how pleasing it is to cry,
Irrationally, powerfully! Apart
To tear our sad lives and sigh
At every beating of a poor heart,

In solitude, in despair,
As the lilac and jasmine croon,
In the grip of a night so fair,
‘neath a good-natured moon!

Translation from the Serbian by:
Ljiljana Parović

Tuga

U vedroj noći, pokraj mene,
čuje se časom vapaj tajni
ko uzdah cele vaseljene,
patnički uzvik, krik očajni.

Čas neosetno, tiho struji
ko jedan trepet tužnih žica,
čas strahovito kobno huji
ko jato crnih zloslutnica.

Ko tuži tako? Živi ljudi?
Ili moja ljubav, jadi stari?
Il tuđe nade, tuđe žudi?
O, šta to mari, šta to mari!

Ja plačem kad i drugi strada,
kad tuđa sreca ko cvet vene,
za mene nema tuđih jada:
Što boli drugog, boli mene.

Plači mi, dušo, kad u nama
još ima suza da se redom
prospu nad tuđim nesrećama
i neiscrpnom našom bedom!

O, kake slasti, da se rida
bezumno, silno! Da se grca,
i mučenički život kida
pri svakom kucanju bednog srca,

U očajanju, u samoći,
međ jorgovanom i jasminom,
u zagrljaju vedre noći,
pod dobroćudnom mesečinom!

jasmine-paintings

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