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.