“I Know the Only Truth…”


…from the quills of the dead white poets

Marina Tsvetaeva (18921941)


I know the only truth! The others – cast aside!
There’s no need for the men of Earth to fight with others! 
Look, there’s the evening soon and soon it’ll be the night.
What you about, colonels, poets, lovers?

Now wind is near the soil and dew lay on the grass,
The starry blizzard soon will freeze into the heaven,
And soon under the earth will sleep each one of us –
By whom a sleep on it to others hadn’t been given.

Translated by Yevgeny Bonver, October 8, 2004

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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