Osip Emilevich Mandelstam

(1891 - 1938 / Warsaw)

Still I Have Not Died, And Still Am Not Alone - Poem by Osip Emilevich Mandelstam

Still I have not died, and still am not alone,
while with my beggarwoman friend
I take my pleasure from the grandeur of the plain
and from its gloom, its hunger and its hurricanes.

In splendid poverty, luxurious beggardom
I live alone - both peaceful and resigned -
blessed are those days and nights
and blameless is the sweetly sounding work.

Unhappy the man who like his shadow
quivers at a bark, is scythed down by the wind,
and poor the man who, half alive himself,
from a shadow begs for charity.

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, April 7, 2010

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