Roze

1
Roze, ņem cirvi rokā,
ej izcērties cauri mēsliem,
cauri liktenim, liktenim kokainam,
pirms krēslo...

2
Jūs redzat to rozi,
to rozi skaisto,
kura ar toņdakšām tīra kūti?

© Jānis Rokpelnis
From: Zvaigzne, putna ēna un citi
Rīga: Liesma, 1975
Audio production: Latvijas Literatūras centrs, 2015

Rose

1. O, rose, take an axe in your hand
and smash your way through the dunghill
through fate, hardened fate
before it's too late...

2. Do you see that rose,
the beautiful rose
that cleans the stable with a tuning fork?

Translated by: Gunars Saliņš. All birds know this, Selected Contemporary Latvian poetry. Rīga: Tapals, 2001