O sakiau, juk sakiau, ir kartojau, kad lietuvių šventasis
yra visai kitas, ir ne joks tenai gandras ar vieversys, o
šiaurinė aukso, sidabro esencija, suragėjęs mamutas
žiemiuos, iš Norvegijos (o dramblys tai jau visai
Lietuvos gyvulys turi būti
ežio, elnio ir stirnino protoplastas, –
o melskitės dabar, kad neklaũsėt, kad nedaug jūsų liko,
kad visai nevaisingi, be kankalų, be snapų, su juodais
čeverykais ant vyžų
(parašyta Ricieliuose, žiūrint su
Balčium į vaikus,
kurie kažin kokios strazdų, štarelių, skruzdžių,
driežų ir lašišų veislės, –
Baltas yra regintis amžinybę, o ir laikrašty buvo
rašyta – 1981 metais, kai Antakalny
ekskavatorius išrausė seną, baltakartį mamutą.
The poem was written in Ricieliai, the countryside of Dzukija, in south Lithuania. The poem contains a few parallels – although the national bird of Lithuania is stork, the poet puts mammoth that is the saint and the animal from Norway in its place. The bones of mammoth were find in excavation site in the region of Antakalnis in Vilnius. White bones of the mammoth, as white as its mane, as white as north, as Balts, who see the eternity, appearing as the bones of mammoth from the ground. It seems that by this poem Geda links all the nations and tribes from the north – Balts and Scandinavians.
Sigitas Geda is considered to be one of the most important figures of Lithuanian literature. His creative work is a great Lithuanian national cultural value. His voice stood out in front of others, his exceptional relation with Lithuanian culture, ethno genesis, language and religion provoked and gave birth to a cultural field that stood up under the years of Soviet occupation. The poets merit is breaking many stereotypes about poetry and its forms. You can call him one of reformers of poetry led by the generation of Vytautas P. Bložė,Marcelijus Martinaitis and others. Very often it is nearly impossible to translate the poems of S. Geda, for their many contexts and his own multicultural myths. For this reason authors comments on his poetry become another important part of his creative work.
Sigitas Geda was a unique poet. He was in constant search for answers to his questions, such as the identity of nation, genesis of language, relations between nations and their cultures, linguistic ties, parallels of man and nature, origins of religion, etc. Lithuanian language is not marinistic. Sigitas Geda gave a lot of his attention to the sea, which he saw as a primordial element, a link between northern tribes, a place, from which many things came or were originated in it (in various manners). Following the Indo-European prehistory he unified the great myths of various nations, archetypes, symbols, manipulated etymology, saw the ancient and the modern history, one and many tribes at the same time, thus making his individual myth. His poetry is multi-plane and polyphonic, significant to whole region of Baltic.
|English||2002||Kerry Shawn Keys|
|Swedish||2001||Ulf Eriksson, Anna Harrison, Mikael Nydahl, Carina Nynäs, Liana Ruokytė, Casper Udmark|