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N. BROWN: "The Winter, Like the Anciet Shrine..."

"The Winter, Like the Anciet Shrine..."

(From Dmitro Pavlychko)
1967
The winter, like the ancient shrine, 
Lay before us in desolation.
Stones of walls and pillars, fine, 
Crumble under winds and waters, patient.

The porch of marble is destroyed,
Like nets, the ice-floes are transparent.
And gradually melts the god,
Shaped out by the children, fervent.


Translated by Yevgeny Bonver, September, 2002


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