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Sunday
Sep062009

Esenin, "Да! Теперь - решено. Без возврата"

A work ("Now all is set, and I forsake") by this Russian poet.  You can read the original here.

Now all is set, and I forsake
My homeland's woods and sunlit glare.
No longer will the poplars cleave
Their winged foliage in my hair. 

The low house stoops without my height,
My faithful dog has long licked sod.
On crooked Moscow streets at night
I am to die, so promised God. 

This town of elms, I love it well,
Decrepit, flabby  be it so.
And drowsy golden Asia's swell
Has died upon the rounded domes.

And when the moonlight gilds the sky  
Who knows just how it got that far!
My head hung down, I then espy
Across the street a well-known bar.

In foulest lair of noise and grime,
Through all the night until day's brink,
To hookers I will read sweet rhyme,
And heat my bones with thugs and drink. 

My heart will rise as throbbing sun,
Then I will say, in whispered shout:
"I'm just like you, o fallen one
I also have now no way out."

On crooked streets in Moscow bright, 
My loving dog has fled the rod;
My measly house has stooped in fright:
I am to die, thus deemed my God.

Reader Comments (4)

Here is the link to my post, which includes your translation, for which I credited you by name. Please let me know if this is sufficient.
Thank you again, Dia.

http://theinkbrain.wordpress.com/2012/09/11/sergey-yesenin-selected-poems/

September 11, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertheinkbrain

Hi Dia

Thank you for including me on your blog. Please reference the page itself in the following format: http://hadideeb.com/journal/2009/9/6/esenin.html.

Thanks again!
Hadi

September 11, 2012 | Registered Commenterdeeblog

Done!
Thank you for your generosity Hadi.
You truly have a splendid blog!
Dia.

September 12, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertheinkbrain

Thanks, Dia! Yours looks just as good! Best wishes, Hadi

September 12, 2012 | Registered Commenterdeeblog

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