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Zambor, Ján: On the number 12 bus (V autobuse čislo 12 in English)

Portre of Zambor, Ján
Portre of Sutherland-Smith, James

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V autobuse čislo 12 (Slovak)

V dvanástke, ktorá ide popri pôrodnici,
popri nemocnici,
popri cintoríne,
v ktorej sa vždy nájde
človek so srdcom ako pučiaci kvet
alebo kvet zašliapnutý do blata,
som dnes videl stá

krásnu ženu v čiernom s bielou kyticou,
neprístupnú úsmevom a slovám,
duchom inde, v tvári vzrušenú,
akoby sa nevedela dočka
stretnutia s tým, čo bol dlho preč,
akoby mu šla len k vlaku naproti.

On the number 12 bus (English)

Inside the number 12 bus which goes by the maternity wing
by the main hospital
by the cemetery
where you can always find
a person with a heart like a blossoming flower
or a flower trampled into the mud
I’ve seen today standing

a beautiful woman in black with a white bouquet
impervious to smiles and words
her spirit elsewhere, expectation in her face
as if she could hardly wait
to meet one who had been away for a long time,
as if she were going to meet him from the train.