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Lowry, Malcolm: Alcoholic

Portre of Lowry, Malcolm

Alcoholic (English)

I died so many times when drunk

That sober I became

Like water where a ship was sunk

That never knew its name.


Old barnacles upon my sides

Ringed round with pitch and toss

Were given me by mermaid brides,

Immaculate as moss.


Here now, with neither kin nor quest,

I am so full of sea

That whales may make of me a nest

And go to sleep in me.


(Those angels of the upper air

Who sip of the divine

May find a haven holier

But less goodbye than mine.)



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Alkoholos (Hungarian)

Sokat voltam italba haló

Míg józan is lehettem

Mint víz, mibe süllyedt hajó

Neve örökre ismeretlen.


Vén kagylók oldalamba

Kiforogják fej vagy írást

Úgy adják, mint sellő ara

A szűzies mocsármocskát.


Se rokonom se boldog ősöm

Teletöltöm tengerem;

Bálnák építnek fészket hősön

S elszunnyadnak énbennem.


(Azon angyalok kik a fölső léget

Kortyolgatják istenesen

Találnak szent menedéket

Míg búcsúm kitölthetem.)

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