"No, not the moon..."

by Osip Mandelstam

Osip Mandelstam

No, not the moon, but simple dial-plate
Is lightning me, and 'tis my nasty fate,
That lights of stars I feel as light internal!
And loftiness of Batyushkov I hate:
"What time is it?" - he had been asked there
late --
And he had answered with curiosity "Eternal!"

Last updated January 14, 2019