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Vladimir Levchev (1957-)

Vladimir Levchev is the author of five books of poems, among which are 'Who is the Dreamer of my Life?' and 'Someday'. He studied at the Bulgarian Academy of Fine and Applied Arts, and at present works as an editor at Narodna Kultura Publishing House. In the autumn of 1989 he was dismissed because of his political activities but subsequently has been restored to his former position. He is the editor for the once illicit almanac for literature and political journalism 'Voice' (Glas), and a member of the executive committee of Ecoglasnost and the Bulgarian Independent Literary Society.

The one who never returns (Nevazvrashtenets)*

 

 

I

 

 

Every minute

 

 

has its multimillion cities

 

 

and skies,

 

 

clouds illuminated in a second,

 

 

sunset-lit windows.

 

 

Every minute

 

 

has its secret corridors

 

 

leading to dark rooms.

 

 

 

 

 

Who lives there?

 

 

What would we say to each other?

 

 

How would we live together?

 

 

I'll never know!

 

 

 

 

 

Every minute

 

 

like a nevazvrashtenets

 

 

I pass by the countless doors

 

 

of etemal life·

 

 

 

 

 

II

 

 

We are guilty, my soul,

 

 

guilty of knowing about our solitude,

 

 

about the end.

 

 

We are guilty.

 

 

 

 

 

And we are expelled from paradise.

 

 

The clock with its two swords

 

 

does not let us retum

 

 

through the doors of minutes

 

 

into Etemity.
* Nevazvrashtenets means literally: 'One who never returns', a refugee who has left his country without official permission, especially for political reasons, and who is unable to return home because he would be persecuted there.


translated from Bulgarian

Belin Tonchev


Last modified: December 6, 1997

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