You, who first stood before the source

…from the quills of the dead white poets

Anna Akhmatova (1889 – 1966)

(To Alexander Blok)

 

You, who first stood before the source

With your smile, so deadly stoned!

How tortures us a look, you own, -

The heavy look of the night-birds.

But awful years will soon pass,

You’ll be again and young and careless,

And we’ll preserve the cold, mysterious,

Of minutes, given you once.

Translated by Yevgeny Bonver, 2002

 

About Paul Jacko

Jacko was born in Czechoslovakia not long before the communist putsch in February 1948. He studied industrial chemistry there and left in 1969 for Australia, where he became a lawyer and established his own practice. He has now retired and beside hunting, fishing, camping, prospecting and playing golf he amuses himself by writing.
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