Poets Walk: "she awakes as a gull"

Poets Walk: "she awakes as a gull"

Location on Poets Walk Map: 37


Marina Tsvetaeva by Ilya Kaminsky


In each line's strange syllable: she awakes

as a gull, torn

between heaven and earth.

I accept her, stand with her face to face.

-- in this dream: she wears her dress

like a sail, runs behind me, stopping

when I stop. She laughs

as a child speaking to herself:

"soul = pain + everything else."

I bend clumsily at the knees

and I quarrel no more,

all I want is a human window

in a house whose roof is my life.


Ilya Kaminsky, "Marina Tsvetaeva" from Dancing In Odessa. Copyright © 2004 by Ilya Kaminsky. Used by permission of Tupelo Press, www.tupelopress.org.