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Masters, Edgar Lee: A Spoon River-i holtak - Barney Hainsfeather (Spoon River Anthology - Barney Hainsfeather in Hungarian)

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Spoon River Anthology - Barney Hainsfeather (English)

If the excursion train to Peoria

Had just been wrecked, I might have escaped with my life —

Certainly I should have escaped this place.

But as it was burned as well, they mistook me

For John Allen who was sent to the Hebrew Cemetery

At Chicago,

And John for me, so I lie here.

It was bad enough to run a clothing store in this town,

But to be buried here – ach!

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A Spoon River-i holtak - Barney Hainsfeather (Hungarian)

Hogyha a Peoriába menő túrista-vonat,

mondjuk, kisiklik, esetleg ép bőrrel megúszom –

de biztos, hogy megúszom ezt a helyet.

Igenám, csakhogy leégett, engem meg fölcseréltek

John Allennel, őt küldték el a chicagói

zsidó temetőbe,

engem meg ide John helyett, ezért nyugszom itt.

Épp elég volt ebben a városban rőfösüzletet nyitni,

de hogy az embert ide temessék – nebach!

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