‘And the very thing…’ (Sergei Gandlevsky)

And the very thing:  a house round a bend
death in Yyazma, a curved moon beneath an oar,
ravings at a station saying farewell at the end–
a minute of silence takes them therefore.

So a Russian man talks nonsense just the same,
shaming and glorifying all over the place,
the family surname and the father’s first name–
and the mother disappears without a trace.

Сергей Гандлевский

Сергей Гандлевский

А самое-самое: дом за углом,
смерть в Вязьме, кривую луну под веслом,
вокзальные бредни прощанья —
присвоит минута молчанья.

Так русский мужчина несёт до конца,
срамя или славя всесветно,
фамилию рода и имя отца —
а мать исчезает бесследно…

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