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Petya Doubarova

Studied at an English language school in her native town of Bourgas. Her five books of poems published posthumously are 'Me and the Sea' (1980 and 1981), 'Poetry' (1984, 'Sparrow' (1987), and the "Bluest Magic' (1988). Her death in 1979 cut short a life path of purity, sensitivity, and distinction. It was a tragic reaction toher first brutal attempt on behalf of her surroundings to invade her world of refinement.

petya doubarova
Saturdays


On Saturdays I'm unappreciated- wild, flexible,

and lively as a lynx

And tiredness, having turned

into a whim, vacates me like a wound-healed up

and faded

School totally collapses in my mind

and I am far from registers and blackboards

A hundred thousand rivers run towards me,

tints, hues, and rainbow visions fill my eyes,

and I get rhythms from those gipsy women.

I'm very, very strong-a vine in spring, and I

turn my guitar into a tear; I never ask

questions, never listen

On Saturdays I'm unappreciated-

wild, flexible, and lively as a Iynx

And fear, sorrow, tiredness or whims

vacate me like a wound-healed up and faded.

And I'm not even sure who I am

But when I put on Monday's uniform-

that formal blackboard-tunic once again,

I turn into a good girl as before


translated from Bulgarian

Belin Tonchev


Last modified: November 15, 1997

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