Poetry I love – БОРИС ПАСТЕРНАК

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ЗИМНЯЯ НОЧЬ

Мело, мело по всей земле,

Во все пределы.

Свеча горела на столе,

Свеча горела.

Как летом, роем мошкара

Летит на пламя,

Слетались хлопья со двора

К оконной раме.

Метель лепила на стекле

Кружки и стрелы,

Свеча горела на столе,

Свеча горела…

На озаренный потoлок

Ложились тени,

Сплетенья рук,  сплетенья ног,

Судьбы сплетенья…

И падали два башмачка

Со стуком на пол,

И воск слезами с ночника

На платье капал.

И все терялось в снежной мгле,

Седой и белой. Свеча горела на столе,

Свеча горела.

На свечку дуло из угла,

И жар соблазна

Вздымал, как ангел, два крыла

Крестообразно.

Мело весь месяц в феврале,

И то и дело Свеча горела на столе,

Свеча горела…

 

WINTER NIGHT (English)

It swept, it swept around the land

In all its turnings.

The candle’s burning on a stand,

The candle burning.
As swarm of midges in the dark

To fire flutters,

Rushed flakes of snow from the park

To window shutter.
The storm was shaping on the glass

Some darts and circlings…

The candle burning on the desk,

The candle burning.
On ceiling, lit up by a blaze

The shadows tossing,оf crossing arms and crossing legs, оf fate-doom crossings.
And to the floor, your little shoes

With taps were slipping.

And wax from night-light on your dress,

Like tears, was dripping.
And all has vanished in a daze,

Snow white and ashen

The candle burning on the desk,

The candle burning.
The flame was flickered by the wind…Heat of temptation

Heaved, as an angel, its two wings In cross-form fashion.
It swept that month without rest

Again and over,

The candle burning on the desk,

The candle burning…

Boris Pasternak, Author of Novel “Doctor Zhivago” and the winner of the 1958 Nobel Prize for Literature

© Translation, Maya Jouravel, 1994-1998

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