Osip Emilevich Mandelstam

(1891 - 1938 / Warsaw)

I could not among the misty clouds


I could not among the misty clouds
Your unstable and painful image catch,
'Oh, my God', I promptly said aloud,
Having not a thought these words to fetch.

As a bird -- an immense bird and sound --
Holly Name flew out of my chest.
And ahead the mist mysterious crowds,
And the empty cage behind me rests.

Submitted: Wednesday, April 07, 2010

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