by Sara Teasdale (1884 - 1933)
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

Only the wind knows he is gone
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE GER
Only the wind knows he is gone,
Only the wind grieves,
The sun shines, the fields are sown,
Sparrows mate in the eaves;

But I heard the wind in the pines he planted
And the hemlocks overhead,
"His acres wake, for the year turns,
But he is asleep," it said.

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Note: According to Carol Schoen, in Sara Teasdale, Twayne Publishers, 1986, page 150, the "W.E.W." in the title refers to W. E. Wheeler, in memory of whom the poem is written.


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Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , "Élégie au vent", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , "Des Windes Klage (W.E.W.)", copyright © 2020, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2010-03-23
Line count: 8
Word count: 50

Élégie au vent
Language: French (Français)  after the English 
Seul le vent sait qu'il est parti,
Seul le vent souffre,
Le soleil brille, les champs sont semés,
Les moineaux s'accouplent sous les avant-toits :

Mais j'entends le vent dans les pins qu'il a plantés
Et les sapins au-dessus,
« Ses arpents s'éveillent, car l'année tourne,
Mais il dort, » dit-il.


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This text was added to the website: 2017-05-16
Line count: 8
Word count: 51