Sunday, March 15, 2015
Marina Tsvetaeva - Under a Velvet Throw
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Remembering the last night vision,
Caressed under a velvet throw.
What happen then? And who was winning?
Rethinking everything all over,
Tormented over and above,
I could not name it, could not know it,
Or was it love?
Who was the hunter, who was hunted?
The devilish confusing plot!
What did the fluffy kitty fathom
While it have purred?
And in that battle of willpowers
Who was a toy? And in whose hand?
Whose heart - was yours or mine entirely -
Skipped, raced and sped?
And yet I’m mystified - What was it?
Why is this longing and this woe?
I still don’t know: Have I won it?
Or have I lost?
October 23, 1914
Translated by Dina Belyayeva
The poem was popularized as a song form 1984 movie A Cruel Romance