Thursday, November 11, 2004

Jaroslav Seifert: Life is an agonizing flight

Place of Pilgrimage

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Life is a hard and agonizing flight
of migratory birds
to regions where you are alone.
And whence there's no return.
And all that you have left behind,
the pain, the sorrows, all your disappointments
seem easier to bear
than is this loneliness,
where there is no consolation
to bring a little confort to
your tear-stained soul.

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Jaroslav Seifert
(translated from the Czech by Ewald Osers. Catbird Press, a garrigue book, 1998)