WestWords Perfect Pair 04.07.2014

Lucian Blaga was a Romanian poet, philosopher and playwright, born in Transylvania in 1895. He did not speak any words until he was four and in his poem Self-Portrait he describes himself : Lucian Blaga is silent like a swan. A personal favourite, this is:

SILENCE
By Lucian Blaga

Such a deep silence surrounds me, that I think I hear
moonbeams striking on the windows.

In my chest,
a strange voice awakens
and a song plays inside me
a longing that is not mine.

They say that ancestors, dead before their time,
with young blood still in their veins,
with great passion in their blood,
with the sun still burning in their blood
come,
come to continue to live
within us
their unfinished lives.

Such a deep silence surrounds me, that I think I hear
moonbeams striking on the windows.

O, who knows, soul of mine, in which chest you will sing
you also, after centuries,
in soft ropes of silence,
on harps of obscurity – the drowned longing
and the pleasure of living torn? Who knows?
Who knows?

 

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