The Village Museum by Marin Sorescu
From the life of these people
Are missing several sections,
And others, such as
Material wealth, happiness and luck
Are poorly represented.
You will not find here any coin,
Because, not having gold and silver
The peasants engraved their faces every year
On millet, wheat, corn
Which were not preserved to our days.
Could they, rightly, have brought enough,
But they couldn t kill
The nightingale, the skylark, the blackbird and the cuckoo,
Which sang for them without money all their life,
And all the death.
Ancient, medieval age
Appear as one,
Because, not being educated, the peasants
Haven t noticed that between those ages
There are fundamental
Here the most numerous exhibits
Are the huts.
From working the land
The peasants went straight into the ground,
From place to place between huts
Are interspersed uprisings:
Of Doja, Horia, Closca,
and Crisan, and Tudor
This time built on the surf...