‘At the doors from the underworld…’ (Natalya Gorbanevskaya)

At the doors from the underworld clamant and screechy
paparazzi are pointing their photographic things.
Orepheus is returning without Eurydice
and his lyre has only broken strings.

The blockheads all are clustering round
only his pain is now numb, indifferent to sound.
Behind him already an indistinct cacophony
from Eurydice, Proserpine, Persephone.


У дверей из подземелья шум и крики,
папарацци наставляют аппараты.
Возвращается Орфей без Эвридики,
на кифаре его струны оборваты.

Обормоты, кифареда обступая, —
только боль уже глухая и тупая.
Позади уже неразличимы стоны
Эвридики, Прозерпины, Персефоны.

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