Osip Emilevich Mandelstam

(1891 - 1938 / Warsaw)

To Read Only Children's Books - Poem by Osip Emilevich Mandelstam

To read only children's books,
To have only childish thoughts,
To throw everything grown-up away,
To rise from deep sadness.

I am deathly tired of life,
I will accept nothing from it.
But I love my poor land,
For I have seen no other.

I rocked in a distant garden
On a plain wooden swing,
Tall dark fir trees
I recall in a hazy fever.


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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, April 7, 2010



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