the dream

Then night brought the dark over the earth. Sailors
on the sea looked out from their ships to Orion
and the Bear. Both the traveler out there on the road
and the gatekeeper by this time were longing for sleep.
And a heavy slumber enclosed all around that woman
whose children had died, nor was there any dog barking
through the town, nor the echoing voices of men.
Silence held the black darkness…

Apollonius

one wish alone have i

One wish alone have I:
In some calm land
Beside the sea to die;
Upon its strand
That I forever sleep,
The forest near,
A heaven near,
Stretched over the peaceful deep.
No candles shine,
Nor tomb I need, instead
Let them for me a bed
Of twigs entwine.

That no one weeps my end,
Nor for me grieves,
But let the autumn lend
Tongues to the leaves,
When brooklet ripples fall
With murmuring sound,
And moon is found
Among the pine-trees tall,
While softly rings
The wind its trembling chime
And over me the lime
Its blossom flings.

As I will then no more
A wanderer be,
Let them with fondness store
My memory.
And Lucifer the while,
Above the pine.
Good comrade mine,
Will on me gently smile;
In mournful mood,
The sea sings sad refrain …
And I be earth again
In solitude.

Mihai Eminescu