Vladimir Mayakovsky: To His Own Beloved Self The Author Dedicates These Lines
Ponderous. The chimes of a clock.
“Render unto Ceasar… render unto God…”
someone like me to dock?
Where to find waiting – a lair?
Were I like the ocean of ocean little,
on the tiptoes of waves I'd rise,
I'd strain, a tide, to caress the moon.
Where to find someone to love
of my size,
the sky too small for her to fit in?
Were I poor
as a multimillionaire,
it'd still be tough.
What's money for the soul? –
The gold of all Californias isn't enough
for my desires' riotous horde.
I wish I were tongue-tied,
able to fire a woman's heart,
reduce it to ashes with verse-filled pages!
and my love
form a triumphal arch:
through it in all their splendour,
leaving no trace, will pass
the inamoratas of all the ages.
As quiet as thunder,
how I'd wail and whine!
One groan of mine
would start world's crumbling cloister shivering.
And if I'd end up by roaring
with all of its power of lungs and more –
the comets, distressed, would wring their hands
and from the sky's roof leap in fever.
If I were dim as the sun,
night I'd drill
with the rays of my eyes,
all by my lonesome,
build up the earth's shivering bosom.
On I'll pass,
dragging my huge love behind me.
On what feverish night, deliria-ridden,
by what Goliaths was I begot –
I, so big
and so no one needen?