Poetry: If There Is Something to Desire

this poem, by the Russian poet Vera Pavlova, is from the Academy of American Poets, Poem-A-Day

“It is a great pleasure to discover a new Russian poet—one who storms our hearts with pure talent and a seemingly effortless gift for shaping poems.”

If There Is Something to Desire, 9, 17, 18

9

I broke your heart.
Now barefoot I tread
on shards.

17

Why is the word yes so brief?
It should be
the longest,
the hardest,
so that you could not decide in an instant to say it,
so that upon reflection you could stop
in the middle of saying it.

18

—Sing me The Song of Songs.
—Don’t know the words.
—Then sing the notes.
—Don’t know the notes.
—Then simply hum.
—Forgot the tune.
—Then press my ear
to your ear
and sing what you hear.

From If There Is Something to Desire by Vera Pavlova. (translated by her husband Steven Seymour) Published by Alfred A. Knopf.

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One Response to Poetry: If There Is Something to Desire

  1. lovely! i specially like the bit about the word “yes” thanks for sharing!!

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