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Wayne Pernu. Water
Wayne Pernu. Water

A millisecond too close in,
a century too far out,
water the plague of uncertainty
and no dry land to assuage the doubt.

A dizzying look at the world
through the eyes of a disowned daughter;
ocean declared the province of death
and everywhere water, water.

Any direction the wind goes
provides for them who have no route
circling wave-ripples, wave-ripples,
wave-ripples, in aimless pursuit.

The sun stuns, the heat strokes,
and no one else can see
but they who die in mid-ocean
how imperishable water can be.

 

Вода

Недолет на миллисекунду,
перелет на тысячу лет,
вода — чума переменчивости,
и без суши опоры нет.

Мир глазами брошенной дочери:
головокружение, тошнота,
океан объявлен волостью смерти,
и повсюду — вода, вода.

Куда бы ветер ни дунул,
если сбился с пути человек, —
лишь круги на воде, круги на воде,
бесконечный, бесцельный бег.

Солнце давит, жара дурманит,
и не знает никто, никогда,
кроме гибнущих в океане,
как нетленна бывает вода.

Russian translation by Dmitry Manin

 

 

 

About the Author:

Wayne Pernu on EastWest Literary Forum
Wayne Pernu
Portland, OR, US

Wayne Pernu is an American poet who grew up in Minnesota and now lives in Portland, Oregon.

About the Translator:

Dmitry Manin
Dmitry Manin
California, USA

Dmitry Manin is a physicist, programmer, and translator of poetry. His translations from English and French into Russian have appeared in several book collections. His latest work is a complete translation of Ted Hughes’ “Crow” (Jaromír Hladík Press, 2020) and Allen Ginsberg’s “The Howl, Kaddish and Other Poems” (Podpisnie Izdaniya, 2021). Dmitri’s Russian-to-English translations have been published in journals (Cardinal Points, Delos, The Café Review, Metamorphoses etc) and in Maria Stepanova’s “The Voice Over” (CUP, 2021). In 2017 his translation of a poem by Stepanova won the Compass Award competition.

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