Boris Pasternak

(10 February 1890 - 30 May 1960 / Moscow)

The Garden Scatters Burnt-Up Beetles... - Poem by Boris Pasternak

The garden scatters burnt-up beetles
Like brazen ash, from braziers burst.
I witness, by my lighted candle,
A newly blossomed universe.

And like a not yet known religion
I enter this unheard of night,
In which the shabbily-grey poplar
Has curtained off the lunar light.

The pond is a presented secret.
Oh, whispers of the appletree!
The garden hangs-a pile construction,
And holds the sky in front of me.


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Poem Submitted: Saturday, April 3, 2010



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