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József Attila: A bánat

Portre of József Attila

A bánat (Hungarian)

A bánat szürke, néma postás,

Sovány az arca, szeme kék,

Keskeny válláról táska lóg le,

Köntöse ócska, meg setét.


Mellében olcsó tik-tak lüktet,

Az utcán félénken suhan,

Odasímul a házfalakhoz

És eltűnik a kapuban.


Aztán kopogtat. Levelet hoz.


1922. okt.

Uploaded byP. T.
Source of the quotation

Grief (English)

Grief is a grey, silent postman,

His face is thin with blue eyes,

A bag hangs from his narrow shoulder,

His garment’s shabby and dark.


In his breast cheap tick-tack throbs,

He shyly sleeks in the streets,

Snuggles up to the walls of houses

And in the front-door disappears.


Then he knocks. He’s brought a letter.


Uploaded byN.Ullrich Katalin
Source of the quotationN. U. K.