© 2005 photo by  Carmen Ezgeta:   rijeka Nil i piramida - The River Nile & Pyramid; Egipat - Egypt

             I've known rivers:
I've known rivers ancient as the world and older than the flow
             of human blood in human veins.

             My soul has grown deep like the rivers.

I bathed in the Euphrates when dawns were young.
I built my hut near the Congo and it lulled me to sleep.

       I looked upon the Nile and raised the pyramids above it.
I heard the singing of the Mississippi when Abe Lincoln went
             down to New Orleans, and I've seen its muddy bosom turn
             all golden in the sunset.

I've known rivers:
                           Ancient, dusky rivers.

          My soul has grown deep like the rivers.

Poznajem rijeke:            
Poznajem rijeke stare kao svijet i starije od
krvi sto prolazi ljudskim venama.           

Moja je dusa dosegla dubinu rijeke.               

Kupao sam se u Eufratu kada su jos zore bile mlade.
Sagradih kolibu kraj Konga koja me ljuljala u san.

Zagledao se u Nil i podigao piramide nad njim.      
Slusao sam pjev Missisipija kad je Abe Lincoln
odlazio u New Orleans, te se zagledao u muljevita           
njedra sto su se na zalasku sunca oblacila u zlato.         

Poznajem rijeke:
Prastare, mracne rijeke.                            

Moja je dusa dosegla dubinu rijeke.                                               

The Negro Speaks of Rivers   —    Crnac govori o rijekama      

(1920)

 

©   2005   photo by   Carmen Ezgeta :   rijeka Nil i piramida -  The River Nile & Pyramid; Egipat - Egypt

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©   2005   prepjev:   Drazen Dragovic

 

 

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