Magazine June 2, 2014, Issue

Poetry

GOD’S BENEDICTION

God’s benediction — earliest of rays –

Turning it a bit more wan

And drowsy, slipped across the cherished face,

To make it sleep with greater calm.

Without a doubt, it seemed to be a kiss,

The sunbeam, heavenly and warm . . .

So long ago, I was concerned with lips,

Dear lips and dark-complexioned arm . . .

But in this journey I have come along,

Disconsolate and bodiless,

Deceased, I fly to him now only song,

As though the morning ray’s caress.

14 May 1916

Slepnevo

translated by Jennifer Reeser

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