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Davie, Donald: Expecting Silence

Portre of Davie, Donald

Expecting Silence (English)

Whatever is said to be so
Is so, if saying is
Of an agreeable strictness.

Unutterable until
That way uttered is
What we have lived through lately.

The confidence with which
A man goes off by himself,
Reconciled to a longish

Is not for married people.
Seeds of calamity rain
On strangulated partings.

Our forebodings say
Much about who we
Nothing about the future.

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Egyezségben a csönddel (Hungarian)

Ha kimondatott: így van,
Úgy van, ha a kimondás
Eléggé kötelez.

Míg ki nem mondatott,
Mit éltünk át idáig.

A magában elvonuló
Önbizalma és egyezsége
Egy hosszas csönddel

Nem a házasoké.
A vész csírái záporoznak
Meggörcsösült válásainkra.

Kiadnak minket:
A jövendőt nem.

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Source of the quotationK. Zs.