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Danila Stoyanova (1962-1984)

Poetress, translator of French and English, student of art at the Higher Institute of Theatrical Art in Sofia. Died of terminal illness. Publishers were slow to acknowledge her talent with a publication.

Danila Stoyanova
They say I don't love life . . .

 

 

They say I don't love life,

 

 

That I love the dead tulip and not the one that breathes,

 

 

That I'm in love with sobbing and I'm conscious

 

 

only of sarcastic grins,

 

 

That I prefer electric wind and rain to sun,

 

 

That I see predetermined tragedy in Spring,

 

 

That I regard the shroud as sacred,

 

 

That I can recognize Man solely in his bestial wisdom,

 

 

That elbowing through crowds thrills me.

 

 

 

 

 

A poor man's oddity or a delusion.

 

 

 

 

 

I just know my funeral will not be held.

 

 

For you can't bury someone

 

 

Who has levelled life with death

 

 

And lives in both.


translated from Bulgarian

Belin Tonchev


Last modified: December 6, 1997

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