O butterfly, O Moslem-woman

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I love the uprise of a texture (2) Octets (III) ~ O butterfly, O Moslem-woman…
written by Osip Mandelstam
The tiny appendage of the sixth sense
From Moscow Notebooks. See also Poems. Translated from Russian by Dmitri Smirnov. In Russian: О бабочка, о мусульманка… Link to further information


O butterfly, O Moslem-woman,
All wrapped in a cut shroud,
Living and dying
So big a one!
5With long moustaches, a biter,
All plunged in an Arabian mantle.
O shroud unfolded like a flag,
Fold up your wings, I am afraid!

November 1933, Moscow

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