Sunday, April 26, 2009

Butterfly of Light and Darkness



Tell me what's happening to me?
Why is my heart beating so fervently?
why has this madness, like a wave,
Broken through the rock of habit?

Is it my strength or just my torment
I'm too disturbed to tell:
From the shimmering lines of life
I extract a forgotten phrase…

Is it a thief who turns his lantern
Upon the crowd of dreary letters?
I can't help reading the phrase,
But haven't the strength to go back…

It really had to flare up,
But it only harries the darkness;
All night, like a gas-flame butterfly
It trembles, but cannot escape…


Innokentii Fedorovich Annensky, "A gas butterfly".

4 comments:

itzktb said...

Would you make me a bedspread like this?

runnerfrog said...

Do you think I'll be able to?

itzktb said...

I think you can design the pattern and my Cousin Emma can have the fabric made, and we can find a very nice rich person to pay for it!

My word verification code is: "Imagon." ")

runnerfrog said...

Oh, but then it was a design for you or for some unknown rich person? :-) There's not the same love in the task.

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