Listen! / Послушайте!

by emory989

Listen! / Послушайте!

Listen!
If the stars are lit
that means – someone must need them!
it means – someone must want them to be there!
it means – someone calls these spots of spit pearls!

And, in anguish,
among clouds of midday dust,
breaks into God’s rooms,
afraid that he’s too late!
He sheds supplicant tears,
kisses that sinewy hand,
and begs,
asking for an assurance of a star –
swears, he couldn’t bear this starless torment!

And afterwards,
walks around in a fever,
but calm on the outside.
He says to one person,
“It’s really nothing, now,
is it? Nothing to be frightened of!”

Listen!
If the stars are lit,
that means – someone must need them!
it means that it’s essential
that every evening
above the rooftops
at least one star burns.

(All translations are my own, unless otherwise noted.)