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Larkin, Philip: Szomorú otthon (Home is so Sad in Hungarian)

Portre of Larkin, Philip
Portre of Fodor András

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Home is so Sad (English)

Home is so sad. It stays as it was left,
Shaped to the comfort of the last to go
As if to win them back. Instead, bereft
Of anyone to please, it withers so,
Having no heart to put aside the theft

And turn again to what it started as,
A joyous shot at how things ought to be,
Long fallen wide. You can see how it was:
Look at the pictures and the cutlery.
The music in the piano stool. That vase.

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Szomorú otthon (Hungarian)

Szomorú otthon. Ahhoz idomul
Most is, ki útoljára hagyta itt.
Tán visszavárja őt? De nincs sehol,
Akinek tetszenék, hát nem virít.
Mert szíve nincs, szemléli botorul

Önmaga fosztását, hisz a serény
Vidámság, az a boldog lendület
Szétmállott rég. Megláthatod, milyen
Volt: nézd falán a képeket,
A vázát, a zenét a zongorán.

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