“I Often Shiver With Cold”

…from the quills of the dead white poets

Osip Mandelshtam 1891 -1938

I often shiver with cold –

I want to be mute as a thing!

There is, in the skies, dancing gold

Sending me commands to sing!

Singer, be sad and upset,

Love, and remember, and call,

Catch, from a dark planet sent,

Light and magnificent ball.

That’s a true link, I believe,

With the mysterious worlds!

What an oppressive grief,

What a misfortune holds!

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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