Charles Reznikoff, François Cheng, Jiři Orten

De Amerikaanse dichter Charles Reznikoff werd op 30 augustus 1894 in New York geboren. Zie ook mijn blog van 30 augustus 2010.en alle tags voor Charles Reznikoff op dit blog.

 

Meditations on the Fall and Winter Holidays

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New Year’s

The solid houses in the mist

are thin as tissue paper;

the water laps slowly at the rocks;

and the ducks from the north are here

at rest on the grey ripples.

The company in which we went

so free of care, so carelessly,

has scattered. Good-bye,

to you who lie behind in graves,

to you who galloped proudly off!

Pockets and heart are empty.

This is the autumn and our harvest–

such as it is, such as it is–

the beginnings of the end, bare trees and barren ground;

but for us only the beginning:

let the wild goat’s horn and the silver trumpet sound!

Reason upon reason

to be thankful:

for the fruit of the earth,

for the fruit of the tree,

for the light of the fire,

and to have come to this season.

The work of our hearts is dust

to be blown about in the winds

by the God of our dead in the dust

but our Lord delighting in life

(let the wild goat’s horn

and the silver trumpet sound!)

our God Who imprisons in coffin and grave

and unbinds the bound.

You have loved us greatly and given us

Your laws

for an inheritance,

Your sabbaths, holidays, and seasons of gladness,

distinguishing Israel

from other nations–

distinguishing us

above the shoals of men.

And yet why should we be remembered–

if at all–only for peace, if grief

is also for all? Our hopes,

if they blossom, if they blossom at all, the petals

and fruit fall.

You have given us the strength

to serve You,

but we may serve or not

as we please;

not for peace nor for prosperity,

not even for length of life, have we merited

remembrance; remember us

as the servants

You have inherited.

 

Charles Reznikoff (30 augustus 1894 – 22 januari 1976)

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