depart (version en anglais du poème Partir) (paul andrianantenaina)
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(Nalaina tao amin'ny vetso.serasera.org)Depart
Depart - a solemn word that sounds a knell
Six letters that are heart-rending like a knife
Moving away from family, creating a vacuum and an absence
Despite the time, the unforeseen and distance.
Some of us leave for the pleasure
To explore the world without regret
To be prepared; luggage on ports and docks
To leave in search of booty to share.
There are those who walk away with regret
From umbilical ties, with a heavy heart, eyes despoiled
By tears that flow like water from a precipice
Before facing the unknown, braving the sacrifices.
There are some who go, there are some who come
We say "goodbye" whatever happens
There are some who are no longer: leaving a final emptiness
Who will never return, for whatever reason.
( Jill Maguire and Paul Andrianantenaina on 04/08/2010)