Life Terrifies Me


Endre Ady

Holy ecstasy-swans on great glad Waters

Seize me, but in vain.

I hear the gaggling of sensible ganders,

Nothing can remain,

There is nothing to last.

I hear my future faltering sobs

When I'm still smiling,

And when dark ravens are cawing in my soul

A chirpy starling

Will cheerily chime in.

My longings frighten me. Fulfilment follows

And I'll feel defiled.

I dread contentment. Behind it storms the steed

Of passion, the Wild.

Oh, life terrifies me.

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