Up out of an evil clinging pool

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Up out of an evil clinging pool…  (1910) 
by Osip Mandelstam, translated by Rosamund Bartlett and Gerard McBurney

From Stone. Translated from Russian by . Published here with their permission under GFDL.

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Up out of an evil clinging pool
I grew, whispering like a reed,
Breathing the forbidden life
Passionately, languidly and tenderly.

And I bend over back into the cold refuge of the swamp,
Marked by no-one,
Met by the welcoming rustle
Of the brief autumnal moments.

I'm happy with this cruel affront
And in this dream-like life
I envy every other secretly
And am secretly in love with each.


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