They say things will pass through again
Where they once did
Like comets, fleeting feelings.
All you have to do is wait for them,
All you have to do is tear,
While standing still
Infinite pairs of shoes.
This means that the black locust tree
That was cut down last autumn
Will grow again, even for one instant
From its old root.
That you will really love me again
In a few billion light-years away.
Oh, maybe it won’t be that long,
Here, I’ve already started waiting for you
Measuring time with my beard,
Forever by forever.
Translated by Gregoria Green © 2020
Așteptare by Marin Sorescu
Cică lucrurile mai trec odată
Pe unde-au mai fost
Ca nişte sentimente comete.
Trebuie numai să ştii să le-aştepţi,
Trebuie numai să rupi,
Stând pe loc
Infinite perechi de ghete.
Asta înseamnă că salcâmul
Se va mai înălţa pentru o clipă
Pe vechea lui rădăcină.
Că tu mă vei mai iubi cu adevărat
Peste câteva miliarde de ani lumină.
O, poate nu mai e mult până-atunci,
Iată, eu am şi-nceput să te-aştept
Măsurând timpul cu barba,
Veşnicie cu veşnicie.
© Marin Sorescu
Marin Sorescu (29 February 1936 – 8 December 1996) was a Romanian poet, playwright, and novelist and probably the most famous Romanian writer of the latter half of the 20th century. His works were translated into more than 20 countries, and the total number of his books that were published abroad rises up to 60 books.
His final volume entitled “The Bridge” was published in 1997, shortly after his death. Much of this volume was dictated to his wife Virginia as he was too weak from liver cancer to write himself.
He has also been known for his painting, and he opened many art exhibits in Romania and abroad. He occupied the position of Minister of Culture within the Nicolae Văcăroiu Cabinet, without being a member of any political party, after the Romanian revolution of 1989 (from 25 November 1993 to 5 May 1995).
His published poetry books include:
The Youth of Don Quixote (1968);
Fountains in the Sea (1982);
Water of Life, Water of Death (1987);
Poems Selected by Censorship (1991);
The Crossing (1994);
The Bridge (1997) posthumous publication.