To Our Beloved Deceased

To Our Beloved Deceased

 By Milan Rakić

I believe that outside our circle below,
Beyond the borders of this earth grey,
Under th’ eternal glow of many a rainbow
Your dear souls live as in long gone a day.

But, oftentimes my soul is haunted long
By a gnawing doubt. All anxious I wonder
If somewhere you exist, either right or wrong,
In lands dark or evermore beautiful yonder.

For you are not here when sorrows beset us,
When our hearts are frail, fearing destiny,
Our fair companions erstwhile, to offer us
All the kind words of comfort and remedy.

Do you truly, dear souls, with no tearful eye,
With no pang, look upon our fate punishing,
Our despair and misery that deep inside lie,
And on this brief journey our long roving;

Or, up there, some mighty forces hold you
In their firm grip so you cannot act or speak,
Thereby, kind souls of mine, turning you
Into Prometheuses so powerless and meek!

Oh, should it be so, dear souls of mine, if
Now and for all eternity you exist and dwell
So motionless, cold, impotent and stiff,
– Your other life is more terrible than hell…

Translation from the Serbian by:
Ljiljana Parović

Dragim pokojnicima

Verujem da negde van našega kruga,
van granica zemlje kržljave i sive,
pod večitim sjajem nepreglednih duga
vaše drage duše kao nekad žive.

Ali često puta moju dušu plavi
neumitna sumnja. Ja drhtim i strepim,
da li ste ma gdegod, krivi ili pravi,
u stranama crnim ili večno lepim.

Jer vas nikad nema u danima tuge,
kad nam srca strepe i sudbe se plaše,
da nam date, dobre nekadanje druge,
sve milosne reči i utehe vaše.

Zar vi, drage duše, bez suze u oku,
bez bola, gledate sudbu našu krutu,
očajanja naša i bedu duboku,
i lutanja duga na kratkome putu;

Il’ vas tamo gore grube neke sile
stegle, i ne dadu ni reči ni dela,
stvarajući od vas, duše moje mile,
jadne Prometeje bez poleta smela!

O, ako je tako, drage duše, ako
vi živite sada za večito vreme
nepomične, hladne, nemoćne, i neme,
– vaš je drugi život strašniji no pako …

rainbow-wall-sky-rainbow

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