Andrei Voznesensky

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Rublyov Road

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Translated by Edwin Morgan
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Motor-scooter roaring
past the sanatorium!

Behind the handlebars
like Rublyov angels: loving riders.

As in the fresco of the Annunciation
with its strident white tone
see their women scattering a shine
behind them, like wings on their spine!

The splaying of their dress!
Tugged back from the handlebars!
Thrust into my shoulders
a wing’s white fleece!
Shall I fly off?

Drop down

like a falcon?
A stone? –
Autumn.
The skies. The good
red woods.

Rublyov was a great ikon painter (c. 1370-1430). Rublyov Road is on the outskirts of Moscow.

© Zoya Boguslavskaya.