Bella Akhmadulina: The Dream Of Winter Night

(From Kaisyn Kuliev)

‘Twas snowing. And to the snow,
To cold of the heaven and earth,
The deeper I slept the more grown
Was Chegem tulips’ warming blaze.

‘Twas snowing. Soul was singing
From whiteness of snow afar.
‘Twas snowing. Plane-trees were greening.
How green, dreams of winter, you are!…

Translated by Yevgeny Bonver, June, 2001
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