Ill-Starred – Magtymguly Pyragy

Ill-Starred
What a disaster, what a sorrow, what chaos,
No one takes mercy on me, I’m ill-starred,
Even if I moan my wishes won’t be heard by the Almighty,
No one takes mercy on me, I’m ill-starred.
My fate befriended the others,
It wouldn’t listen to my complaints, even when I shared them.
It sent my people over the mountains and valleys,
No one takes mercy on me, I’m ill-starred.
I lost my courage just like Görogly,
Having become old, I lost my power,
I lost my sons, dear to me as my two eyes,
No one takes mercy on me, I’m ill-starred.
I spent my nights and dawns with no sleep,
My heart is on alert and my soul is not at peace,
My father, mother and brothers all passed away,
No one takes mercy on me, I’m ill-starred.
He, who met his ill fate, can’t run away,
He, who has an arrow, won’t be shot,
A man, who is alone, will never be remembered,
No one takes mercy on me, I’m ill-starred.
My friends got engaged in various crafts,
They went far away, and separation split us,
My wishes and dreams turned into sorrow,
No one takes mercy on me, I’m ill-starred.
Every day I have to confront my evil fate,
Who will provide support for my poor soul?
Now evil people will seem good to me,
No one takes mercy on me, I’m ill-starred.
My shepherd got lost, and sheep got scattered around,
My destiny has become evil, I lost my dream,
My aged self turned sixty,
No one takes mercy on me, I’m ill-starred.
I surrender myself to grief, I lost my mind,
My palace is ruined; I let my caravan go,
I’ve even forgot my love, my beloved Mengli,
No one takes mercy on me, I’m ill-starred.
This world has become cold to many people,
The poor turned into beggars, not being considered men of honor,
Cowards got courage and became rulers of the people,
No one takes mercy on me, I’m ill-starred.
Oh, what do I have to do, I wasted my youth?
The trees of my garden died, it became desert,
The fog had vanished, my mountains had melted,
No one takes mercy on me, I’m ill-starred.
Magtymguly, I am unable to come to my senses with all these tears,
Whatever I owned is lost, my shop is empty,
My honor and dignity are trampled,
No one takes mercy on me, I’m ill-starred.
Magtymguly Pyragy
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