‘The blind man’s getting bills for light’ (Vitaly Pukhanov)

The blind man’s getting bills for light
In summer, and the kitchen has  gas
Agitated, he thinks something’s not right
Since unseeing his days all pass.

A shaky connection: the man next door
Bangs with his bag at the door
He’d left on lights in the corridor
And they burned for a month or more.

You happen to glance at an angel in flight
And in your declining years you find
You’re getting bills for the heavenly light
While you are helpless and blind.

So much you’ll never get to shake off
However you may curse your plight
Either be sure to turn heaven’s light off
Or be careful and keep your sight.

Виталий Пуханов

Виталий Пуханов

Слепому приходят счета за свет.
Лето. На кухне газ.
Переживает, ищет ответ:
С детства живет без глаз.

Зыбкая связь: заходил сосед,
Сумкой в дверях гремел,
Не погасил в коридоре свет.
Целый месяц горел!

Бросишь ангелу взгляд вослед,
А на старости лет
Идут счета за небесный свет.
Ты бессилен и слеп.

Столько не вытрясешь из горсти,
Сколько ни умоляй:
Или небесный свет погаси,
Или не ослепляй.

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