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From the book Kliazma and Yauza
From the book The Wild Rose
From the book Tristan and Isolde
From the book Old Songs
From the book Gates. Windows. Arches
From the book Stanzas in the Manner of Alexander Pope
From the book Stellae and Inscriptions
From the book The Iambic Verses
The Chinese Travelogue  
From An Unfinished Book
From the book The Evening Song
From the book Elegies
From the book The Beginning of a Book
The Chinese Travelogue
(1986)

If you could dull its perspicuity, free it from chaos, limit its gleam,
liken it to a grain of dust, then it would seem to exist clearly.
Lao-Tse
7

The boat flies
in the lower wet, blue sky.
The sky darkens swiftly
and looks with eyes of another sapphire.
Did you know? Nobody ever trusted me,
like a child dying of his own boldness
says to another child “Yes
and they bury something under the third pine...”
So I say:
nobody ever trusted me
and you won’t trust me either,
but don’t tell anyone.
As the boat flies, the sun shines
and the sky’s joy plays in the sapphire.

Richard McKane

***

7

A boat’s floating across the wet flattened azure.
The sky darkens quickly and glances out
with the alien eyes ol that other sapphire.
Do you know what:’ no one ever believed me
(like a child tells another,
dying from his own audacity:
yea, and then they buried him
by the third pine). I’ll tell you the same way:
no one ever believed me,
and neither will you,
just don’t tell anybody
that while the boat floats, and the sun gleams
heavenly joy is playing in the sapphire.

Andrew Wachtel
1. I was surprised by...
2. The pond speaks...
3. They don’t fall, though they fall...
4. There, on the hill...
5. Do you know...
6. I shall only see...
 7. The boat flies...
8. The roofs are raised at the edges...
9. Unhappy...
10. Great is the artist who knows no debt...
11. With tenderness and depth...
12. Perhaps you are the precious ring of the spirit...
13. Will we really part...
14. Flute answers flute...
15. They say, they have gone on the white road...
16. You know that I love you so much...
17. When we decide to set out...
18. Let us praise our earth...
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