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Vstrecha (Встреча) (English translation)

  • Artist: Marina Tsvetayeva (Марина Цветаева)
  • Song: Vstrecha (Встреча)
  • Translations: English

Vstrecha (Встреча)

Вечерний дым над городом возник,
Куда-то вдаль покорно шли вагоны,
Вдруг промелькнул, прозрачней анемоны,
В одном из окон полудетский лик.
 
На веках тень. Подобием короны
Лежали кудри... Я сдержала крик:
Мне стало ясно в этот краткий миг,
Что пробуждают мертвых наши стоны.
 
С той девушкой у темного окна
— Виденьем рая в сутолке вокзальной —
Не раз встречалась я в долинах сна.
 
Но почему была она печальной?
Чего искал прозрачный силуэт?
Быть может ей — и в небе счастья нет?
1907-1910
 
Last edited by SaintMarkSaintMark on Sat, 06/05/2017 - 18:40
Submitter's comments:

Марина Цветаева. Собрание сочинений в 7 т.
Москва: Эллис Лак, 1994.

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Over the town, the evening smog made an appearance,
The trains resignedly were going somewhere far.
Suddenly, more transparent than an anemone flower,
Flashed from a window an almost child-like visage.
 
Shadows on the eyelids. Alike crowns
The curls were fashioned. I held in the scream:
In this short moment, it became certain
That the dead are awakened by our moans.
 
With that young woman by the dark window
- a heavenly vision in the rail station's rush -
I met more than once in the sleep valleys throw.
 
But why was she sad?
What was seeking the transparent silhouette?
Perhaps, even in heaven, there is no joy as yet.
 
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Submitted by BlackSea4everBlackSea4ever on Thu, 10/10/2019 - 01:38
Comments
BratBrat    Thu, 10/10/2019 - 01:56

The last line looks like it's been written in the sleep valley... Wink smile

BratBrat    Thu, 10/10/2019 - 02:19

What haven is that? The haven of refuge?
The original says
Maybe in Heaven she's unhappy... yet.

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