George Bacovia
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Yellow Sparks
A woman in mourning on the street,
A yellow leaf shuddering after her -
Swept from the quarrelsome town,
I'd forgotten that autumn was near.
1881-1957
George Bacovia (1881-1957)
Scantei Galbene
O femeie in doliu pe strada,
O frunza galbena tremura dupa ea -
Luat de-a orasului sfada,
Uitasem ca toamna venea.
... Era mai demult o strada,
O scoala, si bruma cadea -
Prin sali, ca nimeni sa-l vada,
Un elev singuratic palea.
Long ago there was a street,
A fall of frost, and a school -
In the corridors, hidden from sight,
A solitary schoolboy grew pale.
A man in the dusk on a street ...
He walked on the leaves somehow -
Under the clatter, and the world's heap ...
-I'd forgotten that autumn was near.
Un om, in amurg, pe-o strada ...
Pe foi nu mai stiu cum trecea -
Sub tropot, si-a lumii gramada ...
-Uitasem ca toamna venea.