D.B. Shell. A Spot of Yellow on a Field of Blue. Translated into Russian by Dmitri Manin

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D.B. Shell. A Spot of Yellow on a Field of Blue. Translated into Russian by Dmitri Manin

SONG (to be played to guitar music)
The Original:
Maybe it’s a train in the distance,

someone coming but I don’t have a clue,

homebound on an overcast night.

a spot of yellow on a field of blue

Maybe I could have lived better.

Who knows why we do what we do

like a painting I saw in a gallery

a spot of yellow on a field of blue.

It’s been raining buckets of pain.

There’re too many doctors in my brain.

Forgive me please, you’re not to blame.

Tell me again, I’ve forgotten your name.

I got a heart and I keep it safe.

Live long, you see what’s true.

I love when life seems clear like

a spot of yellow on a field of blue.

* * *
Поезд ли возник в отдаленье,

может быть, кто-то спешит домой,

путник неведомый темной ночью:

на синем поле всплеск золотой.

Я мог бы, верно, прожить и лучше,

бог весть, зачем двинул этой тропой,

как картина, увиденная в музее:

на синем поле всплеск золотой.

Беды – ливнем, как из ведра.

В башке моей – одни доктора.

Прости, это ведь не твоя вина.

Кто ты ты? Я все позабыл имена.

Сердце взаймы не беру, не даю.

Век живи, и со всей простотой

увидишь правду, прекрасную, как

на синем поле всплеск золотой.

About the Author:

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D.B. Shell
Kingston, NY, USA

D.B. Schell is a New York-based artist and owner/manager of Green Kill Gallery in Kingston, NY. He divides his time between administrative duties, guitar, digital painting, and lyrical poetry. He is also the creator of Mr. Drinkwater Cartoons, a web-based political cartoon series that ran from the late 1990s until 2012.

About the Translator:

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Dmitri Manin
California, USA

Dmitri 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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