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Roni Margulies

ANNIVERSARY

Nearly as many years ago as my age,
the Germans razed this city to the ground.
Not that there’d have been much resistence,
but the Nazis were in something of a rush.
 
Today is the fifth of May.
As I emerge for my morning walk,
I see streets festooned with flags.
It is, it seems, the anniversary
of the the end of the war for the Dutch.
Strange coincidence! Today is also
the day, long ago, I was born.
 
As Holland withdrew,
one would think, I
was sent to the front.

Yıldönümü

Yıldönümü

Yaklaşık benim yaşım kadar yıl önce,
yerle bir etmiş Almanlar bu şehri.
Direneceği yokmuş Hollandalıların,
aceleymiş ama anlaşılan Nazilerin işi.
 
Bugün günlerden beş mayıs.
Sokağa çıktım ki bu sabah,
yüzlerce bayrak asılmış her yana.
Sordum, yıldönümüymüş bugün
Almanlardan kurtuldukları günün,
Hollanda için savaşın bittiği günün.
Tesadüf  buna denir: bugün bir de
benim dünyaya geldiğim gün.
 
Çekilince Hollanda savaştan
ben sürülmüşüm sanki cepheye.
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ANNIVERSARY

Nearly as many years ago as my age,
the Germans razed this city to the ground.
Not that there’d have been much resistence,
but the Nazis were in something of a rush.
 
Today is the fifth of May.
As I emerge for my morning walk,
I see streets festooned with flags.
It is, it seems, the anniversary
of the the end of the war for the Dutch.
Strange coincidence! Today is also
the day, long ago, I was born.
 
As Holland withdrew,
one would think, I
was sent to the front.

ANNIVERSARY

Nearly as many years ago as my age,
the Germans razed this city to the ground.
Not that there’d have been much resistence,
but the Nazis were in something of a rush.
 
Today is the fifth of May.
As I emerge for my morning walk,
I see streets festooned with flags.
It is, it seems, the anniversary
of the the end of the war for the Dutch.
Strange coincidence! Today is also
the day, long ago, I was born.
 
As Holland withdrew,
one would think, I
was sent to the front.
Sponsors
Gemeente Rotterdam
Nederlands Letterenfonds
Stichting Van Beuningen Peterich-fonds
Ludo Pieters Gastschrijver Fonds
Hendrik Muller fonds
Lira fonds
J.E. Jurriaanse
Literature Translation Institute of Korea
Partners
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