Comprehensive Picture of Spring

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Comprehensive Picture of Spring  (1913) 
by Vladimir Mayakovsky, translated by Dmitri Smirnov
First printed in 1913 in the almanac “Dokhlaya luna” (“The Dead Moon”). This poem is a pun based on the word “listochky” (small leaves) that contains the both “lis” (of foxes) and “tochki” (dots). The literal meaning of the poem is as follows: “The tiny leaves. After the lines of foxes — dots…” But here is an attempt to translate the essence of this quirky poem (see below).

Comprehensive Picture of Spring

The leaves.
After the lines of lea –
the eaves…


The note on the translation:

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