Kocbek Edvard:
A Prayer

I am,

because I have been,

and everyone

will be able

to forget me.

And still

I can say:

I am,

have been,

will be,

and therefore I am more

than forgetting,

immeasurably more

than denial,

infinitely more

than nothing.


All things created

are eternal.

Birth has more power

than death,

is more persistent

than loneliness and despair,


than tumult and sin,

more profound

than abjectness.


will I cease existing.



Translated by Michael Biggins