Day 30: Translation

Today’s prompt was to try translating a poem, since this month’s theme on the official web site has been poets in translation. I tried to translate a poem from French, originally by Vinko Kalinic. The original poem will be posted underneath my translation.


“To a friend”

Hey, friend, let your hands grow

While they pass, silently, among the people,

While, tired at the dawn, they wake up

Every secret, all the heat of your nocturnal havens.

 

In the darkness of the nights, when my God descends on the earth,

When the stars start to tell their stories,

When ordinary things become magnificent,

I will think of you, as I think of a friend.

 

You must know that in this world you’re not alone,

Since each star possesses a piece of you,

Since the stars are there only to grant your wishes.

 

Believe me, my friend, I know very well things about life,

People seem like songs which are reborn

When their hands are suddenly touched by someone passing by.


“À un ami”

Hé l’ami, laisse tes mains grandir
Pendant qu’elles passent, silencieuses, parmi les gens,
Pendant que, fatiguées à l’aube, elles réveillent
Tous les secrets, toute la chaleur de tes havres nocturnes.

Dans l’obscurité des nuits, quand mon Dieu descend sur la Terre,
Quand les étoiles commencent à conter leurs fables,
Quand les choses ordinaires deviennent magnifiques,
Je penserai à toi, comme à un ami.

Tu dois savoir que dans ce monde tu n’es pas seul,
Puisque chaque étoile possède une parcelle de toi,
Puisque les étoiles sont là uniquement pour exhausser tes vœux.

Crois-moi, mon ami, je connais bien les choses de la vie,
Les gens ressemblent aux chansons qui renaissent
Quand leurs mains sont soudain touchées par quelqu’un qui passe près d’eux.

 

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