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Yana Djin: “and when the first snow falls”

and when the first snow falls
over the river like a swarm
of butterflies blinded,
by their own white
and the dark stalls
its descent,
when the thoughts unbind,
burst like string of beads,
the old man, magnificent in his age,
holy, almost holy from inaction,
will close his eyes
and recall:
fingers entwined,
and try to remember
the name in the half dream.
But it will be the time for surrender,
too late for the scream,
then, there will be silence,
and the river will flow…
and the whiteness of snow…

and on the other side of the sky
she will utter his name,
and a sleepless bird
will fly out of her eye
to other side of the land
and perch on the holy man’s hand.
and there will be time,
there will be time,
enough time
to notice the golden glow,
close, very close to the stars
as the river is being covered by snow.


 

Yana Djin was born in 1969, in Tbilisi, Georgia. In 1980, she emigrated to the United States where she studied philosophy. Djin writes poetry in English. Her first book of poetry “Bits And Pieces of Conversations” was published in the US in 1994. Her poems in Russian translation were first published in 1997 in the “Literaturnaya Gazeta” under the heading “The New Literary Star” followed by the publications in the literary magazines “Druzhba Narodov” and “Novyi Mir”. In 2000, Yana Djin’s book of poetry (in English & Russian) “Inevitable” was published in Moscow. She now lives in New York.

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