‘There, for example…..’ (Nikolai Red’kin)

There, for example, are the lake and the swans
The clouds, trees, and the light.
Children by the water.
–What are you making,
–Easter cakes mister, all right?

Or then the sunset behind the shops,
The rubbish bins and homeless men
Adolescents with necks like geese
Who cannot spell ‘here’ or ‘then’.

And finally–the winter with wine, snowdrifts
And salad, and vomiting, and a salute
And a fit of rage, and why don’t we
All drop dead!

…but not this time, not this route.

Николай Редькин

Николай Редькин

Вот, к примеру, озеро и лебеди,
Облака, деревья и лучи,
Дети у воды.
— А что вы лепите,
— Лепим, дядя, куличи!

Или вот закат за магазинами,
Мусорные баки и бомжи,
И подростки с шеями гусиными
Пишут через “ы” все “жы” и “шы”.

А в конце — зима с вином, сугробами,
И салат, и рвота, и салют,
И припадок бешенства, и чтобы мы
Все подохли!

…но не так, не тут.


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