Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Welcoming Winter - 2016

‘Leaves’ by Fyodor Tyutchev

               Let pines and firs
               jut out all winter,
               curled up and sleeping
               through snows and blizzards.
               Their meagre greens,
               like a hedgehog’s spines,
               might never yellow -
               they’re never fresh.
               But we, we’re a light tribe,
               blossoming, glittering
               such a short time,
               guests on our branches.
               All the fine summer
               We’re beautiful people,
               playing with sunbeams,
               bathing in dews.
               The birds have stopped singing,
               flowers stopped blooming,
               sunbeams have paled,
               breezes have dropped.
               So why hang on?  And why go yellow?
               Surely it’s better
               to fly away with them?
               Faster, wild winds,
               faster, faster!
               Snatch us quickly
               from boring boughs.
               Tear us, hurl us away.
               We don’t want to wait.
               Fly, come fly
               and we’ll fly with you!

Source:  http://www.pereplet.ru/moshkow/LITRA/TUTCHEW/english.html, F. Jude, trans., © 2000, opened 18 Dec. 2016


Holy Ælfred the Great, King of England, South Patron, pray for us sinners at the Souð!

Anathema to the Union!

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