The Wall

Борис Христов


Still I would live on - had I only one arm,
still I'd be joyous that this one I have.
With a leaf I'll keep warm in the winter,
of leaves I will make up my sandals...

We wanted to tear down the wall -
and burn on the square like straw,
but my friend I lost in a hole;
after him all the others - couple by couple.

Having forgotten I was here to live,
I closed my eyes, allowing no witness -
and I hit, and I scratched, and I howled against it
until blood was shed from my hands.

Then I passed out in wild weed,
in secret I wept, angered and wronged -
if you cry, no one will hear,
what you write - no one will see.

I then exhaled the last of my hope
and cut off myself the wings that were sprouting -
What is a man, when a mouse
can freely pass from below!...

Ah, life is ending, it'll boil over as soda -
all rest is wind and a poem.
And should I now cry out at will,
I would cry out: 'I CRY.'

Had I strength in the hand,
and if a word had to be written,
I would dare and write on the wall:
'THIS IS A WALL.' Nothing else.

Оригинално заглавие: "Стената".