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Aaron Zeitlin's Zeks shures (Six Lines), like so much of his oeuvre, expresses the angst of being a secondhand survivor as a Jew in America. Specifically, this poem deals with what it means to be a Yiddish poet after the Holocaust.

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Six Lines

Šest vrstic

זעקס שורות

Translated by Mira Cooper

Prevedel Miha Marek

I know: no one needs me in this world
Me: word-beggar in the Jewish cemetery.
Who needs a poem, and in Yiddish at that?

Only the hopeless things in the world are lovely,
And that which is ephemeral is all that is godly.
And only humility is revolt.
Vem: nisem več koristen za ta svet,
na judovskem grobišču jaz, berač besed.
Komu bo pesem — in če v jidišu baja?   

Na zemlji je lepo le, kar je brez upanja,
in le v minevanju je sled boga
in ponižnost je edina vstaja. 
כ׳װײס: קײנער דאַרף מיך נישט אױף אָט דעם עולם,
מיך, װערטער־בעטלער אױף דעם ייִדישן בית־עולם.
װער דאַרף אַ ליד — און נאָך דערצו אױף ייִדיש?

נאָר בלױז דאָס האָפֿנונגסלאָזע אױף דער ערד איז שײן,
און געטלעך איז נאָר דאָס, װאָס מוז פֿאַרגײן,
און נאָר הכנעה איז מרידה׳ש.


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