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· Jew Be or Not Jew Be; The Story of a Perpetual Alien

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· Once upon a time - Sonnet

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· After sunset - Sonnet

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· Searching for your face in the clouds – Sonnet

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by Peter J. Oszmann
Friday, January 02, 2004

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Somewhere… a light mist the sleepy meadow shrouds,

Somewhere… the wind chases pure white frizzy clouds,

Somewhere… gently tolls a melancholy bell,

Somewhere… a clear voice in lush melody swell,

Somewhere… over the clouds that are soft, fleecy,

Somewhere… above the dark velvet of the sea

the sky winks with millions of starry eyes,

Somewhere… up the air a sweet fragrance arise,

Somewhere… softly, tenderly trembles the air…

Spring… sweet new virgin spring awakens… Somewhere…



© P. J. Oszmann  (1953 in Hungarian. Translation 2004.)


(Originally written as an allegorical verse, expressing yearning for freedom from tyranny.)






To give an idea about the difficulty of translating a poem, whilst trying to preserve the imagery as well as the style, the form and turn of phrase, I enclose the original with two working translations below which preceded the verse above.



The original


Valahol… Lágy szėl leng az alvo táj felett

Valahol… a szellö üz bodros felleget

Valahol… halkan kong egy mėlabús harang

Valahol… lágyan zeng egy ėdes tiszta hang

Valahol… selymes felhöfoszlányok között

Valahol… a tengernek bársonya fölött

Száz kis csillag szemėvel hunyorgat az ėg

Valahol… lágy illattal tellik meg a lėg

Valahol… a szellö ugy remeg, ugy dalol…

Tavasz…ėdes uj tavasz ėbred… valahol…



The first word-by-word translation


Somewhere… soft wind floats above the sleepy landscape

Somewhere…a breeze chases frizzy clouds

Somewhere… quietly rings a melancholy bell

Somewhere… softly sings a sweet clear voice

Somewhere… amongst silky, fleecy clouds

Somewhere… above the velvet of the sea

with hundreds of little starry eyes winks the sky

Somewhere… with soft fragrances the air fills

Somewhere… a breeze so trembles, so sings

Spring… sweet new spring awakens… Somewhere…



The first translation adjusted for equal number of syllables for each line


Somewhere… above sleepy meadows soft breeze floats

Somewhere… the wind chases pure white frizzy clouds

Somewhere… a melancholy bell gently tolls

Somewhere… a clear angelic voice softly sings

Somewhere… amongst the soft silky, fleecy clouds

Somewhere… above the dark velvet of the sea

the sky winks with millions of starry eyes.

Somewhere… the air fills up with soft fragrances

Somewhere… how the air current trembles and sings

Spring… sweet, new, virgin spring awakens… Somewhere…





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Reviewed by jude forese 1/2/2004
i froun this exercise very interesting and as far as i can tell, very well done ...
Reviewed by Claywoman 1/2/2004
I love the words Frizzy and th image of hundreds of little starry eyes winks the sky! I once tried to learn German and failed miserably! Because I'm deaf in one ear, I have a difficult time learning languages and my German teacher was a tough one who I swear was ex-Gestapo!...hehe

Not really, but he was demanding!
Reviewed by Cheryl Sellers 1/2/2004
a word master you are, and I was moved by each as I await spring, you have brought it closer
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 1/2/2004

think spring is here in texas--nearly 80 degrees, love it

but winter is fixin to come back--our highs by next week IF we're lucky--low to mid 40s

rude shock to the system

love this beautiful poem, in hungarian or english--BRAVO, well done!

(((HUGS))) and may 2004 bring you only good things

karla. :)
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 1/2/2004
Well done, but I have never seen Hungarian written down! Now HOW do you say the words in HUNGARIAN; that is what I would LOVE to know! LOL

(((HUGS))) and mcuch love, your friend in Texas, Karen Lynn. :D

Happy New Year's; may 2004 be your best year EVER! :D

Books by
Peter J. Oszmann

Jew Be or Not Jew Be; The Story of a Perpetual Alien

  1. in honor of
  2. Blue Morpho
  3. Life and a Love
  4. Free Spirit
  5. Learning Experence
  6. Australian storm
  7. For Emily
  8. Water Baby
  9. Your Own Nuclear Power
  10. Traveler's Lament
  11. I'm So Happy
  12. Woodsmoke and Possibility....
  13. Defeat
  14. I Wish I Could Tell You...
  15. Eclipse
  16. Springtime Breeze
  17. Morning Thoughts
  18. larger voice
  19. Last Birthday
  20. My Scars

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