poezija

Translation: poetry

A poem translates to pesem, which also means a song in Slovenian. For this week, I prepared two famous poems written by Tone Pavček. Given the purpose of this blog, I translated them quite literally. A proper translation would require a bit of playing with words–as it is with every good poetry.

(Without a title)

Na svetu si, da gledaš sonce,
na svetu si, da greš za soncem,
na svetu si, da sam si sonce
in da s sveta odganjaš – sence.

(You are in the world, to watch the sun
you are in the world, to follow the sun
you are in the world, to be the sun
and to repel from the world – the shadows.)

Pesem o zvezdah (Song about stars)

Vsak človek je zase svet,
čuden, svetal in lep
kot zvezda na nebu…

Vsak tiho zori,
počasi in z leti,
a kamor že greš, vse poti
je treba na novo začeti.

Tako živimo ljudje.
Vsak zase krmari k pogrebu.
Svetloba samo
nas druži kot zvezde na nebu.

A včasih so daleč poti,
da roka v roko ne seže,
a včasih preblizu so si,
da z nohti lahko
srce kdo doseže…

Od tega menda
človek umre,
od tega z neba
se zvezda ospe.

( Every man is a world in themself,
strange, bright, and beautiful
like a star in the sky…

Each one quietly matures,
slowly and with years,
but wherever you go, all paths
need to be started anew.

That is how we people live,
each one steers themself to a funeral.
Light only
connects us like the stars in the sky.

But sometimes the paths are far,
that a hand does not reach a hand,
but sometimes they are too close,
that with nails
a heart anyone reaches.

From that supposedly
a man dies,
from that from the sky
a star falls.)

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