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� 2007-2013 familia Lupan
Old Pakhom's water-well
updated: 2006-05-10 19:54:00

romanian original: Fântâna lui Pahoma
chuvash translation: Пахом ҪӐлĕ Author: Malov A. - translator
german translation: Pachoms Brunnen Author: Warkentin Johann - translator
english translation: Old Pakhom's water-well Author: Rottenberg Dorian - translator
russian translation: Колодец Пахома Author: Covalgi Chiril - writer, translator
ukrainian translation: Пахомова криниця Author: Iuhimovici Vasili


Old-timers remember how poor he was;
half his life he'd roamed over hill and dell
then returned to his native parts because
old age had arrived. And he dug that well.

That time long remote I can picture today;
in the steppe where water was rarer than gold,
digging the earth, he had worked away,
his hands all calloused, himself bent and old.

Layer on layer of stony soil....
Again and again the sun rose and set.
He never let go his spade until
with clear spring water that spade got wet.

'Twas strong, the log well-shaft he built in old age!
Nobody knows what he did later on.
Perhaps old-timers-now dead-could have said...
The well remains, but Pakhom's long gone.

Both people and years disappear in the past....
Much changed round the village Pakhom called home.
But nowadays folk on their way from the fields
drink the icy-cold water and thank old Pakhom.

The highway is full of unheard-of machines.
Pakhom never dreamed of their like in his days.
They often pull up at the brink of the well
and cool their bosoms, with labour ablaze.

No counting the numbers of passers-by-
pedestrians, passengers-all who have gained
new strength from the well that Pakhom once built.
He certainly hadn't been working in vain.

And none of them know who he was, just as simply
they speak of Pakhom's well-the fruit of his feat-
as they would of the hillsides aquiver with barley
or the warm summer rain-shower that nurtures the wheat.

Translated by Dorian Rottenberg

  Author Book name Publisher Year Page Remark
Andrei Lupan Liţom k liţu Editura de stat a Moldovei, Chişinău 1957 162 (trad. C.Covalgi)
Andrei Lupan Meşter Faur Editura de stat a Moldovei, Chişinău 1958 16
Andrei Lupan Pro nas Editura "Sovetskii pisateli", Moscova 1959 137 (trad. C.Covalgi)
Andrei Lupan Frate al pământului Editura "Cartea moldovenească", Chişinău 1959 205
Antologhia moldavskoi poezii Gosudarstvennoie izdatelstvo hudojestvennoi literaturi, Moscova 1960 347
Andrei Lupan Stihi Gosudarstvennoie izdatelstvo hudojestvennoi literaturi, Moscova 1961 104 (trad. C.Covalgi)
Andrei Lupan Frate al pământului Editura "Cartea moldovenească", Chişinău 1962 209
Izvor viu Editura de stat a RASS Ciuvaşe, Şupaşcar 1964 16
Andrei Lupan Versuri Editura "Cartea moldovenească", Chişinău 1967 77
Andrei Lupan Noşa svoia Editura "Cartea moldovenească", Chişinău 1970 143 (trad. C.Covalgi)
Andrei Lupan Scrieri v.1 Editura "Cartea moldovenească", Chişinău 1973 214
Antologia poeziei moldoveneşti contemporane Editura "Cartea moldovenească", Chişinău 1974 53
Pravo na imea Editura "Hudojestvennaia literatura", Moscova 1974 48 (trad. C.Covalgi)
Andrei Lupan Noşa svoia Editura "Hudojestvennaia literatura", Moscova 1975 150 (trad. C.Covalgi)
Andrei Lupan Dobro nosiaşii Editura "Detskaia literatura" 1980 61 (trad. C.Covalgi)
Andrei Lupan Versuri/stihi Editura "Literatura artistică", Chişinău 1982 106
Andrei Lupan Poezii Editura "Literatura artistică", Chişinău 1985 137
Andrei Lupan Frate al pământului Editura "Literatura artistică", Chişinău 1986 224
Andrei Lupan Dobrii znak Editura "Radianskii pismenik", Kiev 1987 49 (trad. Vasili Iuhimovici)
Andrei Lupan Izbrannoe Editura "Hudojestvennaia literatura", Moscova 1987 148 (trad. C.Covalgi)
Andrei Lupan Scrieri v.1 Editura "Cartea moldovenească", Chişinău 2002 174
Andrei Lupan Intrare în baladă Editura "Cartea moldovenească", Chişinău 2007 125

Journal Date
Revista "Sovetiş Geimland", Moscova 03.1966
Revista "Sovetskaia literatura", Moscova 04.1972