Sat 11 Aug, 2007 12:03 am
My most favorite poet of all times (I don't like poetry all that much. He plays not only with words (gotta read it in Russian), but also with the layout. THat unfortunately won't work on a2k, which likes to align everything on the left, but oh well.
To his Own Beloved Self
The Author Dedicates
Vladimir Mayakovsky (1916)
Ponderous. The chimes of a clock.
"Render unto Caesar ... render unto God..."
someone like me to dock?
Where'11 I find a lair?
like the ocean of oceans little,
on the tiptoes of waves I'd rise,
I'd strain, a tide, to caress the moon.
Where to find someone to love
of my size,
the sky too small for her to fit in?
Were I poor
as a multimillionaire,
it'd still be tough.
What's money for the soul? -
of all the Californias isn't enough
for my desires' riotous horde.
I wish I were tongue-tied,
like Dante or Petrarch,
able to fire a woman's heart,
reduce it to ashes with verse-filled pages!
and my love
form a triumphal arch:
through it, in all their splendour,
leaving no trace, will pass
the inamoratas of all the ages!
as quiet as thunder,
how I'd wail and whine!
One groan of mine
would start the world's crumbling cloister shivering.
I'd end up by roaring
with all of its power of lungs and more -
the comets, distressed, would wring their hands
and from the sky's roof
leap in a fever.
If I were dim as the sun,
night I'd drill
with the rays of my eyes,
all by my lonesome,
build up the earth's shriveled bosom.
On I'll pass,
dragging my huge love behind me.
feverish night, deliria-ridden,
by what Goliaths was I begot -
I, so big
and by no one needed?
Cover for his collection Pro Eto (translated as About That, although it really should be For That) dedicated to Lily Brik, with whom he had a long affair (1915-1928). Lily is on the poster. I have it on a t-shirt, weeee.
God I want to learn Russian, if it wasn't so difficult!
it's really not that difficult. at least it's easier than chinese or japanese. or even hindi. it's only a few letters that are written differently, no big deal. otherwise it's pretty close to polish or slovak or czech... real simple. :wink:
if stars are lit
it means - there is someone who needs it.
It means - someone wants them to be,
that someone deems those specks of spit
in the swirls of afternoon dust,
he bursts in on God,
afraid he might be already late.
he kisses God's sinewy hand
and begs him to guarantee
that there will definitely be a star.
he won't be able to stand
that starless ordeal.
He wanders around, worried,
but outwardly calm.
And to everyone else, he says:
it's all right.
You are no longer afraid,
if stars are lit,
it means - there is someone who needs it.
It means it is essential
that every evening
at least one star should ascend
over the crest of the building.
Handsome devil he was, too.
Part of an epilogue to Mayakovsky's suicide note (1930)
Past one o'clock. You must have gone to bed.
The Milky Way streams silver through the night.
I'm in no hurry; with lightning telegrams
I have no cause to wake or trouble you.
And, as they say, the incident is closed.
Love's boat has smashed against the daily grind.
Now you and I are quits. Why bother then
To balance mutual sorrows, pains, and hurts.
Behold what quiet settles on the world.
Night wraps the sky in tribute from the stars.
In hours like these, one rises to address
The ages, history, and all creation.
Well, time for the Cloud in Trousers... it's about loneliness, and that's fitting....seeing that I am posting here for myself, and I seem to be the only one producing any hits here, too. "What?" "Ha! Who said that?" "Nah, it's just you, ole Dagz." "Eh, pulling pranks, are we..."
A Cloud in Trousers [Part 1]
You think malaria makes me delirious?
In Odessa it happened.
"I'll come at four," Maria promised.
Then the evening
turned its back on the windows
and plunged into grim night,
At my decrepit back
the candelabras guffawed and whinnied.
You would not recognise me now:
a bulging bulk of sinews,
What can such a clod desire?
Though a clod, many things!
The self does not care
whether one is cast of bronze
or the heart has an iron lining.
At night the self only desires
to steep its clangour in softness,
I stood hunched by the window,
and my brow melted the glass.
What will it be: love or no-love?
And what kind of love:
big or minute?
How could a body like this have a big love?
It should be teeny-weeny,
humble, little love;
a love that shies at the hooting of cars,
that adores the bells of horse-trams.
Again and again
nuzzling against the rain,
my face pressed against its pitted face,
splashed by the city's thundering surf.
Then midnight, amok with a knife,
cut him down -
out with him!
The stroke of twelve fell
like a head from a block.
On the windowpanes, grey raindrops
piling on a grimace
as though the gargoyles
of Notre Dame were howling.
Isn't that enough?
Screams will soon claw my mouth apart.
Then I heard,
a nerve leap
like a sick man from his bed.
it soon scampered about,
Now, with a couple more,
it darted about in a desperate dance.
The plaster on the ground floor crashed.
many nerves! -
their legs gave way.
But night oozed and oozed through the room -
and the eye, weighed down, could not slither out of
The doors suddenly banged ta-ra-bang,
as though the hotel's teeth
You swept in abruptly
like "take it or leave it!"
Mauling your suede gloves,
I'm getting married."
All right, marry then.
I can take it.
As you see, I'm calm!
Like the pulse
of a corpse.
Do you remember
how you used to talk?
But I saw one thing only:
you, a Gioconda,
had to be stolen!
And you were stolen.
In love, I shall gamble again,
the arch of my brows ablaze.
What of it!
Homeless tramps often find
shelter in a burnt-out house!
You're teasing me now?
"You have fewer emeralds of madness
than a beggar has kopeks!"
When they teased Vesuvius,
have you seen
the terror of terrors -
am absolutely calm?
is much too small for me.
Stubbornly a body pushes out of me.
Your son is gloriously ill!
His heart is on fire.
Tell his sisters, Lyuda and Olya,
he has no nook to hide in.
which his scorching mouth spews,
jumps like a naked prostitute
from a burning brothel.
the smell of burnt flesh!
A brigade of men drive up.
A glittering brigade.
In bright helmets.
But no jackboots here!
Tell the firemen
to climb lovingly when a heart's on fire.
Leave it to me.
I'll pump barrels of tears from my eyes.
I'll brace myself against my ribs.
I'll leap out! Out! Out!
You can't leap out of a heart!
From the cracks of the lips
upon a smouldering face
a cinder of a kiss rises to leap.
I cannot sing.
In the heart's chapel the choir loft catches fire!
The scorched figurines of words and numbers
scurry from the skull
like children from a flaming building.
in its effort to grasp at the sky,
the flaming arms of the Lusitania.
Into the calm of the apartment
where people quake,
a hundred-eye blaze bursts from the docks.
into the centuries,
if you can, a last scream: I'm on fire!
Any man born is entitled to love,
but what with jobs,
and other such things,
the heart's core grows harder
from day to day.
The heart wears a body;
the body - a shirt.
Even that's not enough!
manufactured stiff cuffs
and clamped starch on the chest.
Aging, people suddenly have second thoughts.
Women rub in powder and rouge.
Men do cartwheels according to Muller's system.
But it's too late.
The skin proliferates in wrinkles.
and then withers and shrinks.
I'll have too read throught his whole thread.
one day i will read it to you in russian-ish. that is in english, but conveying all that doesn't get translated. there should be a program for that. simple translation from russian into english just doesn't cut it.
russian-ish? What the hell is that? Is that like spanglish?
You speak Russian?
Will you feed me grapes while you read it to me?
yep, i speak russian. that's why i say the english translation does not compare. can't even stand in the shadow of the original writing in russian.
i'll feed you grapes if you want. i'll have a steak though. medium-rare.
That is quite an Image.
A Slovak Woman reading a Mexican russian who doesn't speak russian while feeding him grapes while he feed her rare steak.
I think I had a dream like that once except there was a midget involved
and he had a hood on.
Mayakovsky: "Art is not a mirror to reflect the world, but a hammer with which to shape it"