Bitter Song of the World Refugee Day (Dedication to the Romanian refugees following Moscow dictate of 26 June 1940)

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Romanian refugee, from your ancestral realm uprooted,

In one terrible night, your destiny abruptly was changed,

By the Hitler-Stalin pact, by the Kremlin’s dictate,

By the descendants of the obsessed conqueror, Peter the Great.

 

Romanian refugee, from your ancestral realm uprooted,

In one terrible night, your destiny abruptly was substituted,

Yourself from bolshevik utopia and life in a cage you saved,

Your exile in Siberia, the torture or assassination you avoided.

 

Romanian refugee, from your ancestral realm uprooted,

In one terrible night, your destiny abruptly was changed,

Of all your asset only one-two suitcases you took rushed,

The border imposed by a communist coryphaeus you crossed.

 

Romanian refugee, from your ancestral realm uprooted,

In one terrible night, your destiny abruptlywas changed,

The month of June a bitter taste, of a bitter fate to you it left;

Woe to you, a river of tears as big as Dniester you shed!

 

Doru Ciucescu

From the volume “Poezii patriotice trilingve * Poèmes patriotiques trilingues * Patriotic Trilingual Poems”