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Mandelstam, Osip

· OSIP MANDELSTAM: I DETEST THE LIGHT · Osip Mandelstam: Sisters heaviness and tenderness…

OSIP MANDELSTAM: I DETEST THE LIGHT

Mandelstam

Osip Mandelstam

(1891-1938)

I detest the light…

 

I detest the light

Of tedious stars.

Hello, my old delirium,

The tower’s crenellated pinnacle!

 

Stone, turn to lace

Become a spider’s web,

With your thin needle, wound

The empty breast of the sky.

 

My own turn will come,

I feel the stretching of my wings.

But where will the arrow

Of living thought fly?

 

Perhaps having used up my path,

And my time, I will come back:

– There I could not love,

– Here I fear to love . . .

 

1912

Osip Mandelstam poetry

Transl. J.A. Woolf

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Osip Mandelstam: Sisters heaviness and tenderness…

Osip Mandelstam

(1891-1938)

 

 

Сестры – тяжесть и нежность…

Сестры – тяжесть и нежность – одинаковы ваши приметы.

Медуницы и осы тяжелую розу сосут.

Человек умирает. Песок остывает согретый,

И вчерашнее солнце на черных носилках несут.

 

Ах, тяжелые соты и нежные сети,

Легче камень поднять, чем имя твое повторить!

У меня остается одна забота на свете:

Золотая забота, как времени бремя избыть.

 

Словно темную воду, я пью помутившийся воздух.

Время вспахано плугом, и роза землею была.

В медленном водовороте тяжелые нежные розы,

Розы тяжесть и нежность в двойные венки заплела!

 

 

Sisters heaviness and tenderness…

Sisters heaviness and tenderness, your traits are one.

Bees and wasps suck the heavy rose.

Man dies. The heated sand cools,

And a black stretcher bears away yesterday’s sun.

 

Ah, heavy honeycombs and tender seines,

One may sooner lift a stone than say your name!

For me a sole concern remains on earth:

A golden concern, to flee the burden of time.

 

I drink the clouded air like a dark stream.

Time’s tilled by a plow, and a rose was the earth.

In the slow whirlpool are heavy, tender roses,

Weaving heaviness and tenderness into twin wreaths.

1920


Osip Mandelstam poetry

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