Trostnik (Тростник) (English translation)

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English translation

The Reed

You can see that the heavens have decided
To test our strength
With a never-ending series of misfortunes.
The clamps are getting tighter,
The lessons are getting harder,
And the extent of the consequences is ever more frightening.
 
Under a leaden rain,
Shut away under ice
And dying of thirst in the sand,
Covered in shadows,
Raving with delirium, and in the creepiest
Of dreams, I repeat:
"I am not afraid"
 
A reed patiently bowed
Its thin stem,
Leaning in closer to the water
An icy wind,
Flurries of snow and hail
Torque it even more cruelly,
But they can't break it
 
In an everlasting free fall,
In frightful visions,
Brought on by a tortured spirit
All along the edge of the razor
Like a password, like a prayer,
I repeat a hundred times in succession:
"I am not afraid"
 
A reed patiently bowed
Its thin stem,
Leaning in closer to the water
An icy wind,
Flurries of snow and hail
Torque it even more cruelly,
But they can't break it
 
Indifferent waves,
Blazing arrows of lightning
Keep on shooting through me...
But the ships on the horizon
Are just as light and weightless
And you are with me, and the rest doesn't matter
 
Far, far away
The echo of our steps
Rings out in the cold air
Don't let anything trip me up
On this path
Or scare me
Or break me
 
A reed patiently bowed
Its thin stem,
Leaning in closer to the water
An icy wind,
Flurries of snow and hail
Torque it even more cruelly,
But they can't break it
 
Submitted by RobinKRobinK on Wed, 03/12/2014 - 03:09
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Trostnik (Тростник)

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