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Williams, William Carlos: To a Woodpecker

Portre of Williams, William Carlos

To a Woodpecker (English)

December bird in the bare tree
your harsh cry sounds
reminding me

of death we celebrated by lamen-
tations crying out
in the old

days wails of anguish shrieking
wakes curses that the

had been so niggardly sweet
nightingale of the

woods hang out the snow as if
it were gay

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Egy harkályhoz (Hungarian)

Decemberi madár a csupasz fán
éles rikoltásod hallom
a halálra

figyelmeztet melyet harsány
panasszal ünnepeltünk

jajongó kínnal álmatlan
sikollyal szitkokkal

az istenek oly fukarak
tél kedves pacsir-

az erdő kiaggatja a havat
mint pajkos függö-

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