Mikhail Kuzmin

From Alexandrian Songs (1906). This, and more Kuzmin here.

In spring the poplar changes its leaves.
In spring Adonis returns
from the kingdom of the dead…
And you – where’re you going in spring, my joy?

In spring they will all go riding
in the sea or the gardens on the outskirts
on swift horses…
And I – must I be alone in the light boat?

In spring everybody will don festive clothes,
walk out in couples to the fields to pick violets…
And I – what do you mean, I’ve got to stay home?

[Slightly revised in 2018. A so-so translation.]


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