THE DEAD MAN IS OUR FOE NO MORE – project “52"

THE DEAD MAN IS OUR FOE NO MORE – project “52"

To all fallen solders who fought from the opposite shores and trenches during the WWI

ЕДИН УБИТ

Той не ни е вече враг –

живите от враговете

бурна ги вълна помете

нейде към отсрещний бряг.

Ето, в хлътналия слог

легнал е спокойно бледен

с примирена скръб загледан

в свода ясен и дълбок.

И по сивата земя,

топлена от ласки южни,

трепкат плахи и ненужни

с кръв напръскани писма.

Кой е той и де е бил?

Чий го зов при нас доведе,

в ден на вихрени победи

да умре непобедил?

Клета майчина ръка,

ти ли го в неволя черна

с думи на любов безмерна

утеши и приласка?

Смешна жал, нелепа жал,

в грохотно, жестоко време!

Не живот ли да отнеме

той живота свой е дал?

И нима под вражи стяг

готвил е за нас пощада? –

Не, той взе, що му се пада,

мъртвият не ни е враг!

  Димчо Дебелянов (1887

– 

1916)

ONE DEAD

Now he’s an enemy no more.

The stormy wave has swept away

Those of our surviving foes

To pitch up on the opposite shore.

In the broken briars there

He lies pallid and at peace.

Watched over with measured grief

In a vault marked deep and clear.

And across this pale grey earth

Warmed by June’s caresses

Blood stained letters flutter

Of no further worth.

Where’s he from and who is he

Whose call led him to us

On a day of wild success,

To die without a victory?

Did you stroke and smooth

In black misery’s depth

A wretched mother’s hand

With words of boundless love

In a time of savage thunder

Pity’s funny, pity’s silly

Hasn’t he given his life

To take the lives of others?

And did he in his hostile corps

Really plan to grant us mercy?

He picked the cards that he was dealt.

The Dead man is our foe no more.

Dimcho Debelyanov (1887 – 1916)

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