Today's poem is by Osip Mandelstam, translated by Richard & Elizabeth McKane
When the goldfinch like rising dough
suddenly moves, as a heart throbs,
anger peppers its clever cloak
and its nightcap blackens with rage.
The cage is a hundred bars of lies,
the perch and little plank are slanderous.
Everything in the world is inside out,
and there is the Salamanca forest
for disobedient, clever birds.
Copyright © 2004 Richard & Elizabeth McKane All rights reserved
from The Moscow & Voronezh Notebooks
Bloodaxe Books / Dufour Editions
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