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Și-ai să mă uiți – că și uitarea e scrisă-n legile-omenești...

Trei lacrimi reci de călătoare

Și-ai să mă uiți –
Că prea departe
Și prea pentru mult timp pornești!
Și-am să te uit –
Că și uitarea e scrisă-n legile-omenești.
Cu ochii urmări-vei țărmul, topindu-se ca noru-n zare
Și ochii-ți lăcrima-vor poate
Trei lacrimi reci de călătoare;
Iar eu pe țărm
Mîhnit privi-voi vaporu-n repedele-i mers
Și-nțelegînd că mi-ești pierdută,
Te-oi plînge-n ritmul unui vers.
Și versul meu,
L-o duce poate vreun cîntăreț pînă la tine,
Iar tu –
Cîntîndu-l ca și dînsul,
Plîngîndu-l poate ca și mine,
Te vei gîndi la adorata în cinstea căreia fu scris
Și-uitînd că m-ai uitat,
Vei smulge din cadrul palidului vis
Întunecatu-mi chip,
Ca-n ziua cînd te-afunda vaporu-n zare
Și cînd din ochi lăsai să-ți pice
Trei lacrimi reci de călătoare!
--Ion Minulescu (6 January 1881 – 11 April 1944)
(dedicated to Drigibette Scorupescu - in lieu of Farewell)

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"Ion Minulescu - poet, novelist, short story writer, journalist, literary critic, and playwright. Often publishing his works under the pseudonyms I. M. Nirvan and Koh-i-Noor (the latter being derived from the famous diamond), he journeyed to Paris, where he was heavily influenced by the growing Symbolist movement and Parisian Bohemianism." "After a long period of concentrating on his theatrical work, Minulescu returned to poetry in 1928, with Spovedanii ("Confessions" — later included in his Strofe pentru toată lumea, "Verses for Everyone"). He also published an autobiographical novel, Corigent la limba română ("Flunking in Romanian Language" — the title was an ironic reference to the fact that, during his years in high school, his Romanian language skills had been considered to be below standard). The book scandalized sections of the public opinion, because it minutely depicted the haphazard erotic experiences of an adolescent, and was criticized by Octav Botez for being "monotonous" and "trivial". Nevertheless, critics considered it interesting for the insight it gave into literary disputes of the early 20th century, as well as for its sarcastic comments on the traditionalist figures of the period.[53] Also in 1928, Ion Minulescu was awarded the National Poetry Prize. Minulescu's late works were mostly definitive collections of his earlier poetry and prose. In his very last poems, he was moving away from the exuberant forms of Symbolism, adopting instead an intimate tone. He died from a heart attack during World War II, as Bucharest was the target of a large-scale Allied bombing, and was buried in Bellu cemetery." 

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Nobody Nose

19th Century Poet turned mathematician when his love interest dumped him, bereft of any reasons for her departure from his soul. more…

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