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A. Kafanov

A. KAFANOV: "Be Slow, Day!..."

"Be Slow, Day!..."

(From Isaac Borisov)
Be slow, day! Don’t pass by so fast…
Don’t make a war ‘gainst castles of a cloud,
They were, by silence of the sky, built out,
And height was, by the blue of heaven, glassed.

And I, a serf, still didn’t pay my rent,
I’ll be again bent to the earth by troubles,
And it still didn’t pass through my silent mouth –
The prophet’s word which world waits to be said.


Translated by Yevgeny Bonver, June, 2001


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