“Night, Streets, the Lantern…”

 

…from the quills of the dead white poets

Alexandr Alexandrovich Blok (1880 – 1921)

Night, streets, the lantern, the drugstore,Talinn-lantern.Vintage
The meaningless and dusky light.
A quarter of the century more --
All fall the same into your sight! 

You died – as it was before – 
You have the former way to start:
The streets, the lantern, the drugstore,
Swell of the canal in the night. 


Translated by Yevgeny Bonver, January, 1995

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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