quinta-feira, 31 de março de 2011

I want to tell what speaks to me most

I want to tell what speaks to me most -

My little neighbor, the son of village drunkards,
a bright young boy,
by the gas-lamp - for we have no electricity - he
writes each evening a verse about freedom.
He is no Raznai and no Baradulin and certainly he is
no Dudarai,
but I tell you, we will hear of him one day!

With these optimistic words I want to end
the difficult evening
in our immeasurable Belarus.

Victar Shalkevich, New European Poets, traduzido do bielorrusso por Ilya Kaminsky e Kathryn Farris, Kevin Pruffer (eds.), Graywolf Press, 2008

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