Sunday, 30 January 2011

Dupa colt / Around the Corner

Dupa colt
Charles Hanson Towne 

Am un prieten dupa colt, si-l vad rar,
In orasul acesta fara hotar.
Trec zile, si-apoi saptamani, rand pe rand,
Anul se scurge, nu stiu cum si pe cand.
La chip nu-l mai vad pe prietenul meu,
Caci viata-i prea iute, goneste mereu.
El stie ce drag mi-e de el si acum,
Ca-n ziua in care veneam peste drum
Batandu-i in poarta.
Ce tineri eram,
Iar azi oboseala ne tine in ham:
Suntem obositi in smintitul de joc,
Suntem obositi sa mai prindem un loc.
"Maine", spun iarasi, "am sa-l caut pe Jim",
S-aratam ca ne pasa, fagaduim,
Dar ziua de maine se-ncheie la fel,
Tot mai adanca-i despartirea de el.
Dupa colt si, totusi, neintalnit…
"O telegrama, domnule", Jim a murit.
Ne-alegem asa, meritand-o din plin,
Cu prieteni pierduti, dupa coltul meschin.

Around the Corner 
By Charles Hanson Towne

Around the corner I have a friend
In this great city that has no end.
Yet the days go by and weeks rush on,
And before I know it, a year is gone.
And I never see my old friend's face,
For life is a swift and terrible race.
He knows I like him just as well
As in the days when I rang his bell,
And he rang mine.
We were younger then,
And now we are busy, tired men.
Tired of playing a foolish game,
Tired of trying to make a name.
"Tomorrow" I say "I will call on Jim."
"Just to show that I'm thinking of him."
But tomorrow comes and tomorrow goes,
And distance between us grows and grows.
Around the corner!-yet miles away,
"Here's a telegram sir-"
"Jim died today."
And that's what we get and deserve in the end.
Around the corner, a vanished friend.


Kami said...

Ouch! That really struck a nerve. I really miss my friends back home. I miss going for a Frappee and chatting for hours in the corner coffee shop. I miss the 5 min hugs I get from one of my friends or the "rocking hug" which makes me feel so good inside. Somehow Skype and facebook can`t really replace all of that. What I wouldn`t give for them to be around the corner...

Mugur Badarau said...

Kami, I know! I also miss my friends who now live all around the globe. And I miss you! As you say, fortunately we have Facebook, Skype and other online communication instruments. It is not the same, but it is better than nothing. A big hug to you!