DINTRE SUTE DE CATARGE OF THE HUNDREDS MASTS OF SAILSHIPS
Dintre sute de catarge Of the hundreds masts of sailships
Care lasa malurile, Which sail daily from the shore
Cite oare le vor sparge Just how many end up woodchips
Vinturile, valurile? Where the winds and waters roar?
Dintre pasari calatoare Of the flying birds of voyage
Ce strabat paminturile, Travelling over the lands,
Cate oare o sa-le nnece Just how many're drowned in passage,
Valurile, vinturile? By the waves and by the winds?
De-i goni fie norocul If you chase either your fortune,
Fie idealurile, Or you chase after your dreams,
Te urmeaza in tot locul You'll be followed inopportune,
Vinturile,valurile By the waves and by the winds.
Ne-nteles ramine gindul Unperceived the thread of thinking
Ce-ti strabate canturile, Which is crossing through your chants,
Zboara vecinic inginindu-l, Endless mockingly repeating,
Valurile, vinturile. By the waves and by the winds.
Mihai Eminescu Translated by Stefan Ichim, M.D.
1880 February 10, 2008