Mandelstam

mandelshtam_ocip

nashasreda.ruОсип Мандельштам “Армения”

People need poems, Osip,

like bread,
like Elbrus snow,

but what tools for
the poet?

Tools that mend,
guide, and freeze
against the moment,
bind
to those
of the craft.

Poets need people,
bathers,
thread,
love,
outrage,
you!