vineri, 4 decembrie 2009


The jingling of keys is the sound that so many Slovaks in the year 2009 associate with the fall of the communist regime in 1989. Just a few days here give the visitor the impression that this is a much less violent place than the lands West of here. Much less violent than my south side of Chicago home. In a very non-violent way, the presence of the communist government was, among other ways, protested in 1989 with gathering of people, many thousands of people pulling their keys out of their pockets and jingling them. There were some things that might be dangerous to say aloud in public. To jingle your keys in a call for the fall of your government was a much harder to prove offense. Imagine for a moment, if you will, the glorious sound created by being surrounded in all directions by people gently, and so defiantly so, jingling their keys. This was the last tolling of the bell for the dead. This jingling of keys was the last tolling of the bell for the communist government.


This is the day of
the bloodless
revolution that didn’t
among the slavs of

This is the day that
brought forth the philosopher
king of Plato’s dreams

And somehow,
this November
became glorious, the
kind of day where
you can see the
light is what
became of the 17th
A day of revolution,
of fire, one that does
not burn, but refuses
only slightly threateningly
to cooperate
Either a day to see
the light or a
day to practice
forgetting, and somehow
when I stepped out, I
knew it was a day to
see the light.

Sunetul cheilor ciocnindu-se una de alta este sunetul pe care atâţia slovaci din anul 2009 îl asociază cu prăbuşirea regimului comunist din 1989. Doar câteva zile lasă asupra vizitatorului impresia că asta e o ţară mult mai paşnică decât cele occidentale. Mult mai puţin violentă decât partea de sud al Chicago-ului în care eu trăiesc. În 1989, într-o lume non-violentă, s-a protestat, printre altele, împotriva prezenţei guvernului comunist, cu o mulţime de oameni, mii de oameni, care şi-au scos cheile şi le-au scuturat în aer. Unele lucruri erau prea periculoase pentru a fi spuse cu voce tare în public. A-ţi scutura cheile în semn de apel pentru căderea guvernului a fost o ofensă mult mai greu de dovedit. Dacă vreţi, imaginaţi-vă preţ de o clipă sunetul fenomental atunci când eşti înconjurat în toate părţile de oameni care-şi scutură cheile paşnic, şi totuşi atât de înverşunaţi. A fost ultimul clopot tras pentru cei morţi. Sunetul cheilor a fost ultimul clopot tras pentru guvernul comunist.


E ziua
fără sânge care
nu s-a
întâmplat pentru slavii
din Iugoslavia

E ziua
care l-a promovat pe filosoful-rege
din visele lui Plato

Într-un fel sau altul,
acest noiembrie
a ajuns glorios
genul de zi cand vezi
că ziua de 17
a devenit una luminoasă
o zi a revoluţiei flăcărilor
care nu ard, care refuză
oarecum ameninţător
să colaboreze
e fie-o zi în care
vezi lumina
fie una în care
poţi să exersezi senzaţia de uitare, şi
nu stiu cum, când am ieşit,
am ştiut că e o zi
în care trebuie să văd lumina.

Allan Stevo is a writer living and working in Bratislava, Slovakia. He is currently working on a book.

Allan Stevo e un scriitor care locuieşte şi–şi desfăşoară activitatea în Bratislava, Slovacia. În prezent lucrează la o carte.

Versiunea românească / Romanian version: Sânziana MIHALACHE

4 comentarii:

Caroline Gill spunea...

A powerful poem. The image of the jingling keys will stay in my mind for a long time. Thank you for this food for thought.

Rolando Pulido spunea...

Fantastic...totally and trully fantastic.
My country is still Comunist and I know the meaning of the sound of the keys.
Thanks Allan Stevo for such a wonderful work.

Anonim spunea...


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