Menke Katz

Lithuania-USA (1906-1991)

On the Death of a Day-Old Child


All dead, day old children will welcome you.

The wind will sing my lullabies to you,

when the sun falls where the saddest grass grows.

You are the beginning when light is wise.

God will guard to the end of days your day,

In the land of manna, Eden of bread.

With ray and shade you will play pranks all day.

Autumn will teem with the brown of your eyes,

With my grief will forever weep the dew.


Je la morto de tagaĝa infano

Ĉiuj mortaj, tagaĝaj infanoj bonvenigos vin,

La vento kantos miajn lulkantojn al vi,

Kiam la suno falos, kie la plej trista herbo kreskas.


Vi estas la komenco, kiam la suno saĝas.

Dio gardos vian tagon ĝis la fino de l’ tagoj,

En la lando de manao, Edeno de la pano.


Kun radio kaj ombro vi petolos tutan tagon.

Aŭtuno svarmos per la bruno de viaj okuloj.

Kun mia ĉageno por ĉiam ploros la roso.

Translated by Julius Balbin
traduko de Julius Balbin


SOURCE / FONTO: Balbin, Julius, trans. "Je la morto de tagaĝa infano," translation of Menke Katz's "On the Death of a Day-Old Child," in International Festival of Poetry and Art, Fall 1973, compiled and edited by Stanley H. Barkan and Eva Feiler (New York: Cross-Cultural Communications in cooperation with the International Center in New York, 1973, pp. 40-61), p. 42.

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