Zacchaeus – a poem by Dumitru Ichim

I expected

you to be just. What, no?

I am a desert,

hated by all, and most by me,

with heavy bags of sand within my soul.

If I were you, under the sycamore,

I would have showed my fist toward the wretch:

“You, brood of vipers,

embittered to the core,

you sucked the blood of orphans,

and of widows…”

“Come down,” I would have shouted to that self.

I had so stepped on others,

And now you could have showed

that You are the just judge.

The multitude You could have soothed

with my impure cloth, giving them justice.

And now, You stand on sycamore

with arms extended in a large embrace.

You’re ready

like an eagle.

How easy would it be to fly

from death!

But now, above, You are Zacchaeus,

and his entire love

you must return fourfold,

just as you promised.

Dumitru Ichim

And the poem in Romanian:

ZAHEU

Mă așteptam,

cu câte-aveam în cârcă,

urât de toți, pustiu fără pripor,

dar mai ales de mine,

ca Tu să fii mai drept. Cum, nu?

În locul Tău m-opream sub sicomor

și-aș fi-nălțat către nemernic pumnu’ :

”Pui de năpârcă,

înveninată până-n măduvă,

ce-ai supt din sânge de orfan

și văduvă…”

Să țipi la mine, să scobor,

că prea mă ridicasem peste gloate,

și să le-arăți

că Tu esti dreptul lor judecător,

cu cârpa-mi murdărită începând,

să-i ostoiești, făcându-le dreptate…

Acum Tu stai pe sicomor

cu brațele întinse-a-mbrățișare.

Ești gata

ca o pajură spre cercul mare.

Cât de ușor

ar fi din moarte ca să zbori,

dar astăzi, sus, Tu ești Zaheu,

și-ntreaga lui iubire

va trebui s-o-ntorci de patru ori

așa cum i-ai promis lui Dumnezeu.

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About Tavi's Corner

Blogging on ancient philosophy, communist persecution in Romania (including deportation to Siberia), and Orthodox Christianity. I've translated books from Romanian to English, and I also write about them from time to time.
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One Response to Zacchaeus – a poem by Dumitru Ichim

  1. dumitruichim says:

    Beautiful translation, Mr.Professor Octavian Gabor!

    Like

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