‘A feast like a mountain for celestial scavengers…’ (Vera Pavlova)

A feast like a mountain for celestial scavengers–
three wives are going to mourn your loss perforce.
Wedded to death for my third marriage
I know mortality will not accept divorce.
Misha is dead, Misha is dead, Misha
is dead. Firebird-catcher, St John Chrysostom,
I was one of your former wives. But
widow is something I won’t be parted from.

Пир горой небесным лакрофагам —
три жены оплачут твой уход.
Замужем за смертью третьим браком,
знаю: смерть развод не признаёт.
Миша умер, Миша умер, Миша
умер. Златоуст, жарптицелов,
я была тебе одной из бывших
жён. Но не бывает бывших вдов.

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