• Why is the soul so lyrical

    From Ilya Shambat@21:1/5 to All on Fri Sep 8 15:04:02 2023
    Why is the soul so lyrical
    And so few are the names I love
    And the ready rhythm but a miracle
    Like Aquillon from above?

    He will raise clouds of dust in a hurry
    He will leaf through the paper stack
    And he will not come back -- or maybe
    As another he will come back?

    Winds of Orpheus are embracing -
    You will leave for the sea and sky -
    And, the world not created praising,
    I forgot the superfluous "I".

    In a make-believe grove I have wandered
    And into an azure cave delved..
    Am I really real, I ponder,
    And death will claim my true self?

    By Osip Mandelshtam
    Translated from Russian by Ilya Shambat

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