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Khristo (Izmirliev) Smirnenski

Born on September 17 (29), 1898 in Kukuš, Macedonia. The father participated in the activities of the Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization (IMRO). In 1908-10, Khristo moved to Sofia to live with his grandfather (a priest) and his uncle (a poet). After the death of his grandfather returned back to Kukuš. The aniimosity of the Balkan Wars forced the family to immigrate to Sofia. Financial hardship and the spirit of the post World War I period introduced him to the leftist movements. In 1920, he joined the Communist Youth League. Parallel to prolific poetry, he created journalist articles, feuilletons, and actively participated in the tumultuous political life of the early 1920s. Died of tuberculosis on June 14, 1923.

Khristo (Izmirliev) Smirnenski

Vqglekopach


Nadole! Nadole! Nadole!

V studenite bezdni slezni

 

kqdeto tela polugoli

se gqrchat krai cherni steni;

de opvat se mishtzi zhelezni

i tehnia udar zvuni

sred mraka na strashnite bezdni

 

s protesta za slqnchevi dni,

s protesta za otdih, za volja,

za vqzduh, prostor, shirini.

Nadole! Nadole! Nadole-

nadile slezni!

 

Slezni v tia mrachni utrobi

na hishtnata maika zemja,

slezni mezhdu bratjata robi -

v moreto ot vechna tqma,

 

i v tvojata lampichka bleda

shte bqde tam jarka zvezda,

tam snop ot lqchi shte ogleda

zloveshtia hram na truda,

zloveshtite tezi judoli,

 

de njma ni noshti, ni dni,

Nadole! Nadole! Nadole-

nadile slezni!

A tam vekovete neznaini

 

redili sa plast vqrhu plast -

tez plastove mrachni, bezkraini,

prostreni navs de krai nas,

koito zhivota iztqka

na kamenen, cheren kilim

 

koito sa hladni kat mqka,

a kriat i ogqn, i dim.

Slezni tam i s udari verni

razbivai, razljushkvai, rushi,

razkqrtvai tez plastove cherni,

tez robski dushi!

 

I v burnata pesht na borbata

gramadata cherna hvqrli,

i spri se da vidish, kogato

sred mrak i olovni mqgli

shte blesnat reki ognestruini,

kogato cherveni vqlni

poneseni v pristqpi bujni,

shte bliknat po vsichki stani,

kogato sred bljasqtzi novi

zemjata shte vri, shte gori

v ognjove, ognjove, ognjove

i dqzhd ot iskri!


Last modified: October 14, 1997

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