‘A cow has got tangled…’ (Bulat Ayusheev)

A cow has got tangled in barbed wire, emaciated,
For the third day it is lying beside the branching
Willow enclosed by a fence, the whitewash
Is all flaked off, the boards are propped up from within,
The booth has been knocked together very roughly from the top,
And on the point a crescent shows white.

Over the river, opposite, is a Tatar settlement,
The poplars are pale from the wind, the road
Between the houses dusts up if someone drives along it,
But that happens rarely, the potato flowers
Are fading, and waves run over the top
Bending the leaves, and no people are seen.

Only an old woman is weeding the grass in a kitchen garden
Over her the moths are flying.
Now she has straightened up and looks
From under her hand across the river into the sun,
She cannot understand why it is from the nameless grave
The willow so desperately shakes its branches.

Булат Аюшеев

Булат Аюшеев

Корова запуталась в проволоке, исхудала,
Третий день лежит рядом с ветвистой
Ивой, обнесенной оградкой, побелка
Вся обсыпалась, доски снутри подперты,
Очень грубо сколочена сверху будка,
И белеет на острие полумесяц.

Через реку напротив татарский поселок,
Тополя от ветра бледнеют, дорога
Меж домами пылит, если кто проедет,
Но такое случается редко, картошка
Отцветает, и волны ходят по верху,
Пригибая ботву, и людей не видно.

Лишь траву в огороде полет старуха,
Наклоняясь низко, над нею летают
Мотыльки. Вот разогнулась и смотрит
Против солнца за речку из-под ладони,
Не поймет, зачем с безымянной могилы
Так отчаянно ветками машет ива.






























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