lørdag 21. mai 2011

22 / 24 /2- me, lucky fellow.

Jeg har postet det før, jeg vet det.

Men det er så vakkert, og det er så treffende, og det har disse linjene som forteller akkurat det jeg vil si og ikke helt selv finner ord for. Dessuten minner det meg på hvorfor jeg studerer som jeg gjør, og hvorfor jeg synes ikke bare studiene, men studentlivet er så fantastisk. Jeg har mange favorittdikt, mange dikt som jeg har lest mange, mange ganger, men dette diktet her? Det er noe særlig over det. Jeg elsker begynnelsen, jeg elsker midtdelen, jeg elsker slutten. Jeg elsker mulighetene, vennskapene, tilfeldighetene, kjærligheten, håpet, entusiasmen!

Og så er jeg akkurat der. Jeg er "that lucky fellow" i linje tolv.

How lucky that I ran into you
When everything was possible
For my legs and arms, and with hope in my heart
And so happy to see any woman—
O woman! O my twentieth year!
Basking in you, you
Oasis from both growing and decay
Fantastic unheard of nine- or ten-year oasis
A palm tree, hey! And then another
And another—and water!
I’m still very impressed by you. Whither,
Midst falling decades, have you gone? Oh in what lucky fellow,
Unsure of himself, upset, and unemployable
For the moment in any case, do you live now?
From my window I drop a nickel
By mistake. With
You I race down to get it
But I find there on
The street instead, a good friend,
X— N—, who says to me
Kenneth do you have a minute?
And I say yes! I am in my twenties!
I have plenty of time! In you I marry,
In you I first go to France; I make my best friends
In you, and a few enemies. I
Write a lot and am living all the time
And thinking about living. I loved to frequent you
After my teens and before my thirties.
You three together in a bar
I always preferred you because you were midmost
Most lustrous apparently strongest
Although now that I look back on you
What part have you played?
You never, ever, were stingy.
What you gave me you gave whole
But as for telling
Me how best to use it
You weren’t a genius at that.
Twenties, my soul
Is yours for the asking
You know that, if you ever come back.

torsdag 5. mai 2011

der Mai ist gekommen!