Слободкина Ольга
In tune with the melodies of my heart

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  • © Copyright Слободкина Ольга (olga_slobodkina@mail.ru)
  • Размещен: 30/01/2021, изменен: 20/06/2021. 2k. Статистика.
  • Стихотворение: Поэзия

  • The pandemic has made my world smaller -
       no travelling,
        no concerts,
         no museums,
          no churches,
            not even shopping...
    My perceptions have shrunk...
       2020 was a terrible year...
    And the Year of the Rat, which waved its tail at the end
      so that I did not take my eyes off the Book of Prayers for 3 weeks...
    But don't you say "it was terrible"
      for the Lord can always show you something
        even worse.
    Say - it's all right. Say - it's all to the Glory of the Allmighty.
      And then God may answer:
    "You don't know what "good" really is.
       I will show you".
    Please, do, dear God!
    However, every cloud has a silver lining -
     I began learning French,  
         ventured to translate Shakespeare... at last...
           started doing my morning excercises,
             which I haven't done for ages.
    The expression "for ages" is a figurative exaggeration.
      I try to watch my language,
        to say only the truth,
         not even to exaggerate things for the fugure of speech.
    Since my world is my flat now
      I'm reading 20th century Women's Poetry
       edited by Fleur Edcock
         and published in 1987.
    33 years ago...
      It does not seem that long ago...
       That was a great time for me
        when I regained my happiness
         after the divorce,
          started a new life 
            full of interesting work,
               and creativity.
    It's dificult to think about my life 
      as something, whose lion's share 
        is in the past...
     For I'm the same.
       And if I'm changed, it's only a little.
    Most of the autors of this book
      are no longer now.
    But I'm still here
      and can translate some of them,
       have done so already -
         those whose poems are in tune
           with the melodies of my heart...
    Jan 29, 2021

  • © Copyright Слободкина Ольга (olga_slobodkina@mail.ru)
  • Обновлено: 20/06/2021. 2k. Статистика.
  • Стихотворение: Поэзия

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