Sándor Rákos: Picture of a Tree in the Reflection of the Creek (Fa képe a patak tükrében)

I know, I discovered rather early,
that what I see is reflection only,
deceptive illusion, not a real tree,
although has a crown as well as big leaves,
yet no drunken bird wants to sing on it,
the bird only alights on the real tree -
alights on the real tree? But what looks real
is it not a reflection of something
even more genuine that stands somewhere -
and the most ancient bird sings on that tree?

Translated by: Maria Bencsath