Going-Back by Ion Vinea

Not today, not tomorrow: yesterday.
Where are the hours lost forever?
I long for the fading looks,
Voices call me like ghosts
Through the timeless remembrance.

I want the bleeding of the exhausted sun to come on lakes,
at sunset the buffalo bellowing,
the rustle of the gardens among the walls,
the wax fruit fragrance in the winter cellars,
the semi-darkness with perfume of camphor in the drawing room,
in the mirrors of waters of forgetfulness
and where the brother pasted away among torches.

I want the footsteps of my father climbing the stairs,
the brass gong to announce the supper,
I wish, mother, to hear my name, gentle and real,
whispered again
as it remained floating in the rubble of the thought.

I wish to close the magic in the house with the iron bar placed on the gate,
to trim in the niche the icon lamp
and alone in the dead area
Priam will bark in the night to the cold zodiac signs
until late, ominously, deserted,
while in the sheets scented with lavender water
I will fall asleep forever.

tranlated by Liviu Georgescu