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Olga Berggoltz

Olga Berggoltz

OLGA BERGGOLTZ: To the Song

To the Song

1951
Wake as you want, but wake in me from sleep –
In cold, and numb and bottomless a deep.

I do not dream to say a single word,
But give a sign that you are in this world.

Not for a long, but only for a flash.
If not in verse – in sighs or cries of flesh.

Only your sigh or moan of complaint,
Only your chains’ incomprehensive chant.


Translated by Yevgeny Bonver, March, 2002


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