TÖBB ISMERETLENES ÁLOM DREAM WITH SEVERAL UNKNOWN FACTORS
István Kemény tr. George Gömöri

Két zál füstön lóg a Föld,
a vékony az enyém, az övé a vastag.
Elnyomom a csikket, mar nem rakok a tűzre,
egy szal füstön log a Föld,
aztan az is elvekonyodik,
elszegenyedik, megöregszik, meghal.

Azt álmodom, hogy gyilkos leszek,
ha nem lesz egy hajszal, ami megtart.

Hajnal körül,bibliai tájon
balról jobbra átvonul a datum.
Elől a nyáj: a másodpercek,
a perc, óra, nap, majd a hónap,
mögöttuk vegul harom
fiaval elballag a kettes.
Es reggel lesz, budapesti reggel.

Azt almodtam, hogy gyilkos vagyok,
mert voltam mar, legalabbis egyszer.

Ket szal vizszintes fiist az egen,
repülőszar, egeszen friss meg.
Cigaretta, utca, ujsag, levegő
es mar nincs is kondenzcsik az egen.
A gyilkossag a füstbe ment, tudom,
benne bújt el nehogy elkövessek

es van mögöttem valaki a sorban,
akire mar nem jut felelősseg.


The earth hangs on two threads of smoke,
the thin one is mine, his is the thick one.
I stub out my butt, I stop kindling the fire,
the Earth hangs on a thread of smoke,
then it grows poor, grows old and expires.


I am dreaming of committing a murder
should there not be a single hair to uphold me.

In a biblical landscape, when the sun rises
the time of day marches from left to right.
First the herd: brisk seconds walk,
then the minutes, hours, days and months go along,
behind them, finally, with its three sons
Number Two passes through the scene.
then it's morning, a bleak Budapest day.

I have dreamt that I am a murderer,
for I was one, at least once in my life.

Two horizontal streaks in the sky -
aeronautical shit, still quite fresh.
A cigarette, the street, a newspaper, the air,
and no longer are there vapour trails in the sky.
The murder has gone up in smoke, I know,
it hid itself to escape from being reality,

and there is already someone behind me in this queue
who won't be burdened with responsibility.


Copyright © István Kemény 2010; trans. copyright © George Gömöri 2010 - publ. Arc Publications


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