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Flowers never last long by my side...

У меня не живут цветы...

Flowers never last long by my side,
Their beauty's a one-day illusion
Followed soon by their fatal conclusion,
Flowers never last long by my side.

By my side even birds don't live long,
Shiver groaning in mournful, numb manners.
All I witness at dawn are their feathers,
By my side even birds don't live long.

Only eight rows of books do survive,
Heavy-set, silent bunches of pages,
They watch all I've been facing for ages,
Just like eight rows of teeth they survive.

That old vendor who sold me the books
Was both poor and humpbacked, I remember,
Traded by the damned graveyard, the vendor...
That old vendor who sold me the books.

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