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Deutsch and Yarmolinsky, comps.  Modern Russian Poetry.  1921.
 
Not by Hands Created
By Piotr Oreshin
 
1
FALL on your face,
Drop
Mug-forward into the swamps.
With your old were-wolf’s eye,
Cataract-blinded,        5
Look
What a blade I am!
 
2
Carrot-haired
Big-browed dawns,
And the darkness of forests,        10
Rye,
And the sheaves behind the village,—
My body.
 
3
Long ears,
Tufted with red hair,        15
Wag
Like asses’ ears
Through the heavens!
 
4
Two
Convulsed eyes—        20
Two
Oceans resting in me,
And thick
Bulbous lashes
Burning green        25
On my cheek-bones.
 
5
My stone mouth
Is stretched with song
From east to west.
 
6
Legs
        30
And hoofs
Kicked skyward
And
The claw
On my hairy paw        35
Blazes.
 
7
Gorged
And motionless,
Like a bull,
I have squatted, rock-fast,        40
In a long shirt
Of sunsets,
And I sit now
Sprawled out
On the fat hill of the universe.        45
 
8
Dark forests
Grow
On my hairy belly,
And in the stony fir-trees
Gray wolves,        50
In cope and coif,
Having lit a taper,
Serve
The mass.
 
9
Eternal,
        55
Not by hands created,
I roll my eyes heavily
As roll the mill-stones
Of the blue
Mills        60
Of heaven.
 
10
Slowly
I chew the cud of gray clouds,
And
Think        65
Of perishing brothers
With my wise
Cheerful belly.
 
11
Through closed lids
I see        70
Between my legs new rivers
Heave
New ground
Upon golden
Crests.        75
 
12
Listening to the earth,
I spit
With out-thrust, lower lip,
And lo!
Rains        80
Pour with the sound of spears
And, clinking,
Pierce the earth.
 
13
Eternal,
Not by hands created,        85
With the spirit of Life-giving Spring
I sweep
The tilled field,
And
On the naked knees of the universe        90
I pour
The blue waters
Of My Eternal Triumph.
Hosannah in the highest!
 
 
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