November 10, 2011

Elegy to Marina Tsvetayeva-Efrom (II)

Marina Tsvetayeva-Efrom

Oh the losses in the universe, Marina, the perishing stars!
We don't increase their number when we plunge.
In the All, everything has long been counted.
Our own falling does not diminish the sacred number.
Accepting this, we fall to the Source and heal...

Waves, Marina, we are the ocean! Depths, Marina, we are the sky!
Earth, Marina, we are earth, a thousand times spring.
We are larks whose outbursts of song
fling them to the heavens.

Uncollected Poems

Quatrain sent by Rilke to Marina Tsvetayeva
with a copy of his Duino Elegies, May 3, 1926

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