Twelve months I waited for the name to ring
The one my heart forever chose to sing.
Behold, the Sun dimmed down on Summer day
And heralded the sad news as I prayed
With candle in my hand for poet’s life.
Alas, he ended his eternal strife
And left the em’rald pastures of this world
To sit with Lord in his celestial court.
My heart is filled with deep and nagging pain,
My eyes with tears fill time and again,
But futile are my efforts to drain out
The vessel filled with grief, without doubt.
Oh, gentle poet, how I wish you knew
The depth of love I nursed inside for you!
And how I cherished more than earthly things
Your words that glow like prized pearls on strings
As if I knew ahead that your Earth years
Were shorter than my days, all filled with tears.
I used to fill with pride when, basking in your fame,
Sometimes you were so kind to say my name.
Immortal poets I have known before
Who wrote volumes of undying lore,
But never in my life I met the one
In flesh and blood, and now he is gone!
The stormy clouds march along the sky
They whisper: there’s no death, don’t cry!
God loved the poet (mentioned not in vain) -
He mercifully rid him of his pain.
God loved the poet? Maybe loved too much.
Endowed the man with talent hard to touch.
A talent given only from above
To single mortals who deserve His love.
But even if he failed to earn his name,
I would have loved him all the very same.
The poet’s soul ascended to the sky
And from this day on, as we mourn and cry,
God has acquired a new and trusted friend
Who’ll keep him company for centuries on end.
God’s gain, my loss, but poets never die,
They are committed to eternal time,
God gives them wounded hearts to bleed destined
So verse in blood forever is inscribed.
That’s why in light of day and dark of night
The poets scream with pain and shake with fright
When they extract the words from scars that bleed
On their hearts, for all of us to heed.
Hey, there, dazzling stars exploding with delight!
Move over for the Earth’s biggest star,
The one that’s shadowed all its peers on sky
For all of us eternally to shine!
By Liana Margiva
Translated from Russian by Anatol Kardiukov