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Czeslaw Niemen - Bema Pamieci Zalobny Rapsod

CZESŁAW NIEMEN

 

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Submitted by Tuzvihar | 6/11/2008

A FUNERAL RHAPSODY IN MEMORY OF GENERAL BEM

Iusiurandum patri datum usqueathanc diem ita servavi...


Why ride away, Shadow, hands broken on the mail
Sparks of torches playing around your knees
The laurel-green sword is spattered with candle tears
The falcon strains, your horse jerks its foot like a dancer
- Pennons in the wind blow against each other
Like moving tents of nomad armies in the sky
Long trumpets shake in sobbing and banners
Bow their wings which droop from above
Like spear-pierced dragons, lizards and birds
Like the many ideas you caught with your spear


Mourning maidens go, some lifting their arms
Filled with scent-sheaves torn apart by the wind
Some gather into shells tears breaking from the cheek,
Some still seek the road that was built centuries ago
Others dash against the ground huge pots of clay
Whose clatter in cracking yet adds to the sorrow


Boys strike hatchets blue against the sky,
Serving lads strike light-rusted shields,
A mighty banner sways amid the smoke, its spear-point
Leaning, as it were, against the arcs of heaven


They enter and drown in the valley... emerge in the moonlight
Blackening the sky, an icy glare brushes them
And glimmers on blades of spears like as tar unable to fall
The chant suddenly ceased, then splashed out like a wave


On - on - till it's time to roll into the grave
We shall behold a black chasm lurking beyond the road
And to cross it humanity will not find a way
Over the edge we shall spear-thrust your steed
As though with a rusting spur


And we'll drag the procession, saddening slumber-seized cities
Battering gates with urns, whistling on blunted hatchets
Till the walls of Jericho tumble down like logs
Swooned hearts revive - nations gather the must from their eyes

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