Oct 292012
 

The opening poem from “Lifnei ha-Sha’ar ha-Afeil” (“Before the Dark Gate”), the only poetry collection Vogel saw published in his lifetime.

David Vogel (1891 – 1944)
My Horses Slowly Climb

My horses slowly climb
the mountain’s steep ascent,
Night already dwells black with
us and everything.

Sometimes my wagon, heavy, creaks
as if weighted with a thousand dead.

A silent song I will send
upon the waves of night, and towards
the distance it will wend.

My horses hear and slowly climb.

דוד פוגל
לאט עולים סוסיי

 
לְאַט עוֹלִים סוּסַי
עַל מַעֲלֵה הָהָר,
לַיְלָה כְבָר שׁוֹכֵן שָׁחוֹר
בָּנוּ וּבַכֹּל.
 
כְּבֵדָה תַּחֲרֹק עֶגְלָתִי לִרְגָעִים
כַּעֲמוּסָה אַלְפֵי מֵתִים.
 
זֶמֶר חֲרִישִׁי אֶשְׁלַח
עַל פְּנֵי גַּלֵּי הַלַּיִל,
שֶׁיַּעֲבֹר לַמֶּרְחָק.
 
סוּסַי מַאֲזִינִים וְעוֹלִים לְאָט.
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Transliteration/תעתיק:

Le’át ʕolím susái
ʕal maʕaléh ha-hár,
Láilah kvar shokhéin shaḥór
Bánu u-va-kól.

Kveidáh taḥrók ʕeglatí lirgaʕím
Ka-ʕamusím ‘alféi meitím.

Zémer ḥarishí ‘eshláḥ
ʕal penéi galéi ha-láyil,
She-yaʕavór la-merḥák.

Susái ma’aziním ve-ʕolím le’át.

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