Nikolai Nikolaievich Aseev

[Nikolai Aseev] (1889 - 1963 / Kursk)

The Simple Lines

If you are absent, I couldn't exist!
If you are absent, a rain - a drought;
If you are absent, Moskva - a mist,
If you are absent, a heat - a cold.

If you are absent, a flesh - a year,
As if time's milled to the atoms' lot;
If you are absent, the heaven here
Hangs like the icy and stony vault.

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