• Язык:
    Английский (English)

The Lost Tram

Заблудившийся трамвай

A strange street, then crows
croaking, then the sound of a lute
and thunder crawling slow
from a distance — then a tram at my feet

And I leaped, somehow, and the railing
held, and I stood, dazed,
stupidly watching a trail
of fire streaking like sunrays.

Rushing like a storm with dark wings
the tram blundered and was lost
in time’s pit... “Driver, off!
Stop! This minute — listen!”

No. We’d run round die wall,
ploughed a palm grove, clattered
a Neva bridge, a Nile
bridge, a bridge on the Seine,

And seen for a second a beggar
watching with knowing eyes —
the beggar from Beirut, right,
the same: he died

Last year. Where am I? My heart
pumps languid fear: “Did you miss
the station? They sell tickets there
for the India of the Spirit.”

A sign... Bloody letters
spelling Grocer: better
than turnips or beets they sell
bleeding heads, severed.

The butcher with a face like an udder
and a red shirt takes my head
too and slops it in a box
of heads, at the bottom.

A side street, house with three windows,
wooden fence, a lawn...
“Driver, I need to get down
here, stop, this minute!”

Mashenka: you lived here, and sang,
and wove me a rug, and promised
to marry me. Body and voice
where are you? Not dead, not you?

You moaned in your room when I powdered
my hair to present myself
to the Empress. I never
saw you again.

I see: freedom for us
is light from another world;
men and shadows wait
at the gate of the planets’ zoo.

And then a sweet familiar
wind, and over that bridge
an iron glove and two hooves
rush toward me.

Saint Isaac’s dome on the sky
like God’s true hand:
let them sing for Mashenka
and mourn for me.

How can I breathe? It hurts
to live. My heart tears
itself. Mashenka, I never knew
how much love and sorrow we can bear.

Другие переводы:


А вот еще:

Groves of palms and aloe-covered slopes...

Groves of palms and aloe-covered slopes. / Silver mat is water of a creek. / Skies are infinite and blue in their scopes. / Skies are golden with a glowing streak. / / What, my heart, is left of your aspiring? / Has the happiness belied your hymns? / Why so easy do you let admiring / ...

You shall recall me yet, and more than once...

You shall recall me yet, and more than once - / Recall my world, uncommon and exciting: / A clumsy world, fashioned of flame and songs, / But, unlike others, wholly undesigning. / / It could have been yours, too, but no. It had / Proven too little, or perhaps too vast. / My verse, it...

Giraffe

Today I can see that your gaze is especially sad; / Your hands are especially slender, encircling your knees. / But listen to this: far away, far away, near Lake Chad / A giraffe paces elegantly. / / A figure of grace and a lifetime of bliss are his boon, / And a magical pattern adorns...

Giraffe

This evening the look in your eyes is especially sad, / And your arms are especially vine-like entwining your calf. / So listen to me: far away, on the shores of Lake Chad / There roams an exquisite giraffe. / / He is gracefully slender and gifted with bliss from within, / And none on ...

Elephant Calf

My love to you is now a little calfy, / An elephant born in Berlin or Paris / Who tramples with his feet that are all water / About the rooms of a managerie owner. / / Don't try to offer him French buns or bagels, / Don't try to offer him large heads of cabbage / For he can only eat a...

The Sixth Sense

It's priceless - wine, that falls in love with us, / And bread, that sits for us in oven, - priceless treasure, / And priceless is a woman that, at last, / After all torments, we possess for pleasure. / / But what to do with clear light of dawn, / When sky's, like heaven, peaceful, deep...