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Poetry in Translation (CCXXV): ANONYMOUS British Poet, “If only … ”, “De aş fi doar…”

November 18th, 2013 · No Comments · Diaspora, International Media, PEOPLE, Poetry, quotations, Translations

If only …
(British Anonymous)

If only I were a mint leaf,
in your cocktail glass,
I would add freshness
to your eyes…

If only I were a glazed cherry,
adding a touch of colour,
I would bring a sweet-bitter taste
to your palate …

If I were a bitter lemon
in your signature cocktail,
I would add a touch of reality
to our stormy Love …

If I were an ice cube,
cajoled in your shaker,
I would extinguish the fire
of your burning desire …

If only …

(Collected by Constantin ROMAN, London,
© 2013, Copyright Constantin ROMAN)

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Poetry in Translation (CXCV): Rudyard KIPLING (1865 – 1935), ENGLAND “If”, “Dacă, doar…”, “Si”, “Tu seras un Homme, mon fils”

June 21st, 2013 · No Comments · Diaspora, International Media, PEOPLE, Poetry, Translations

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

Dacă doar capul ţi-ai păstra, când toţi din jurul tău
L-ar pierde, dară vina lor în cârcă ţi-ar urca;
Dacă nădejdea ţi-ai păstra, când toţi s-ar îndoi,
Scuzându-se la nesfârşit, în îndoiala lor:
De-ai aştepta fără să fii trudit,
Mereu minţit, fără să poţi minţi,
Atunci când lumea te-ar urî, fără să poţi urî,
Si fără să te-mpăunezi, sau să te dai viteaz;

Rendered in Romanian by Constantin ROMAN, London,
© 2013 Copyright Constantin ROMAN

Si entre la turba das a la virtud abrigo;
si, marchando con reyes del orgullo has triunfado;
si no pueden herirte ni amigo ni enemigo;
si eres bueno con todos, pero no demasiado,
si puedes llenar los preciosos minutos
con sesenta segundos de combate bravío,
tuya es la Tierra y todos sus codiciados frutos,
y lo que más importa: ¡serás hombre, hijo mío!”
© Dra. Gloria M. Sánchez Zeledón de Norris Yoyita.

Si tu peux rencontrer Triomphe après Défaite
Et recevoir ces deux menteurs d’un même front,
Si tu peux conserver ton courage et ta tête
Quand tous les autres les perdront,

Alors les Rois, les Dieux, la Chance et la Victoire
Seront à tous jamais tes esclaves soumis,
Et, ce qui vaut mieux que les Rois et la Gloire
Tu seras un homme, mon fils.

(traduit de l’anglais par André Maurois)

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