From Among Hundreds of Masts 

From among hundreds of masts 
Leaving shores and banks and bays, 
Are there many to be lost 
Broken by the winds and waves? 

From among birds of passage, 
Flying over lands and seas, 
Are there many to be drowned 
By the waves and by the sea? 

If you chase away your luck 
Or ideals, all you have, 
You are followed everywhere 
By the winds and by the waves. 

Undeciphered is the thought 
That keeps passing through your chants 
As they fly, they murmur it 
All these winds and all these waves. 


English version by Gabriela Bernea
Transcribed by Andreea Giurca
"Stirbei- Voda" High School, Calarasi, Romania
Teacher coordinator: Gratiela Preda
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