George Bacovia
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Paling
I am the loner of deserted squares
With dismal lamps giving off pale light -
When the bell sounds in the dead of night
I am the loner of deserted squares.
1881-1957
George Bacovia (1881-1957)
Palind
Sant solitarul pustiilor piete
Cu triste becuri cu pala lumina -
Cand suna alarma in noaptea deplina,
Sant solitarul pustiilor piete.
Tovaras mi-i rasul hidos, si cu umbra
Ce sperie cainii pribegi prin canale;
Sub tristele becuri cu razele pale,
Tovaras mi-i rasul hidos, si cu umbra.
Vile laughter is my comrade, and the shadows
That frighten stray dogs along the gutter;
Under the dismal lamps whose pale rays sputter
Vile laughter is my comrade, and the shadows.
I am the loner of deserted squares
With shadow plays that make for lunacy;
Paling in silence and paralysis, -
I am the loner of deserted squares ...
Sant solitarul pustiilor piete
Cu jocuri de umbra ce dau nebunie;
Palind in tacere si-n paralizie, -
Sant solitarul pustiilor piete ...